Osteologist with young researcher on open day skull with craniotomy Bill White with reference skeleton

Centre for Human Bioarchaeology

Museum of London curates over 17, 000 archaeologically derived human skeletal remains, who were excavated in advance of construction or development work in the City and Greater London area.  These individuals date from the Neolithic to the post-Medieval period, and their study provides a unique insight into one of the world's oldest cities.

In 2003, the Centre for Human Bioarchaeology was established to curate and research these collections. The majority of the archive is situated at the Museum of London, and continues to expand through work carried out by Museum of London Archaeology and other commercial archaeological units.

For a more light hearted insight into day- to-day life and events at the Centre for Human Bioarchaeology, please visit our photo album on flickr:

www.flickr.com/photos/museumoflondonhumanbioarchaeology (external link)

After the 13th of May 2013, the CHB will not be able to post data downloads for recently published sites (i.e. St Mary Spital) online. If you wish to include these data in your studies, please contact the Centre so we can organise this for you.


From the 13th of May 2013, the CHB website will not be updated for several months

In press! 'Global Ancestors: understanding the shared humanity of our ancestors' is now available to order from Oxbow Books.

Just published - Walker's 'Disease in London, 1st to 19th centuries.  An illustrated guide to diagnosis. MoLA Monograph 56.

The St Mary Spital monograph has been published by Museum of London Archaeology.

For study visits - see 'Research' page

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