School of Life and Health Sciences


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Medieval Skeletal Collection:

The Department of Life Sciences has a large collection of human skeletal remains, used for teaching and research. It comprises over 300 Anglo-Saxon burials from a 9th-12th century cemetery in Surrey, and gives a rare glimpse on the demography and health of a British Medieval rural community. Our Anthropology, Zoology and Biological Sciences students can sign up to the optional third-year module of Human Osteology and Diversity and learn how to "read" the skeleton (age, sex, stature, pathologies), and they are offered the opportunity to help study the remains during the summer, on a volunteer basis.