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Taphonomic Research in Anthropology: Centre for Experimental Studies (TRACES)

TRACES research site offers a 13 acre research site of rough grassland surrounded by a native woodland border.

TRACES has a large indoor storage area and work space, ideal for experimental set-up. This area is also used for the storage of an extensive range of experimental equipment as well as machinery to help us in the field, such as a tractor, trailer and excavator. The area has changing and hand wash facilities and adjacent to this is an outdoor wash and disinfection facility to enable us to comply with robust bio-security arrangements.

Our teaching and seminar room is a short walk away from the field site. This is use for our MSc courses and for delegates attending short courses. In an adjacent building is an office for TRACES staff and researchers.

In conjunction with Lancashire County Council and Global Renewables, further landscaping took place which increased the diverse nature of the site.

Upland oak, Alder abundant wet woodland and Alder abundant wet woodland with Ash were planted along with an additional 6000 trees, which covered 6.4 acres. This brought the total woodland on site to 10 acres. This woodland, with graded planting densities to the open areas of three acres and access tracks around the site, provides a unique and diverse area in which to carry out taphonomic research.

Detailed Information

Kit List

  • Tractor; Trailer; Topper; Excavator attachment; Link box; Pig cages x50; Fuel – Diesel and petrol; Workshop equipment; Hand excavation equipment; Knives/saws; PPE; Entomology equipment


8.00am - 5.00pm

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