There has been a long history of research on physical anthropology in the Department, starting in the late 19th Century, as a result the laboratory holds a good collection dating from this time, which has been supplemented from time to time by samples from archaeological excavations in Southeast Asia (Thailand) and the South Pacific.
In more modern times, the focus of the research has expanded to encompass the wider field of biological anthropology, which looks beyond the physical form to address issues of the underlying biology including genetics.
Research by members of the Biological Anthropology Group mainly focuses on the identification of population origins and migration history and on human variation and health in the archaeological populations from the Pacific and mainland Southeast Asia (particularly Thailand).
The Biological Anthropology Group also supports student research. To browse current student research topics and read the abstracts of completed projects, please follow these links: