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Research Centre for Field Archaeology and Forensic Taphonomy

We focus on the collection and evaluation of research data both in the field and in the scientific laboratory, using primary data as tools for innovative science and social impact.

We work with leading global organisations such as the International Committee of the Red Cross, the Max Planck Institute, Australia National University, ARISTA human taphonomic cemetery in Amsterdam, Historic England, the Museum of London and the Ministry of Defence.

Our research

The UCLan Research Centre for Field Archaeology and Forensic Taphonomy works with researchers from across the world. Our expertise is in primary data collection and investigation. We also work with leading global organisations such as the International Committee of the Red Cross, the Max Planck Institute, Australia National University, ARISTA human taphonomic cemetery in Amsterdam, Historic England, the Museum of London and the Ministry of Defence.

Every year archaeological field research takes place all over the world particularly in England, Wales, Scotland, the USA and South Africa, with hundreds of participants who have taken part in projects in Europe, Australia and the USA.

The work that we do also assists with the identification of human remains in Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Brazil, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, the Philippines and Ukraine, and we provide bespoke training for the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Our particular focus is on the collection and evaluation of research data in both the field and in the scientific laboratory. We focus on the methodological, pedagogic, and transformative aspects of original primary data as tools for innovative science and social impact. We do collaborative research in archaeology, anthropology, computing and genetics, working in the areas of Citizenship, Society and Justice. Our work in archaeology is linked closely to the heritage sector and our work in Forensic Science is central to the University’s justice agenda.

Contact us

There has never been a more vital time for this Centre to be active because global uncertainty strikes at the very heart of belonging and identity. Our research supports consistency and methodological practice in human remains recovery.

To find out more please contact Centre Director Dr Duncan Sayer or Centre Deputy Director Professor Vicki Cummings.