Osteology at MOLA

01 November 2013

The MOLA osteology team work on some of the most intriguing and exciting assemblages in the country. In the last decade we have assessed over 12000 inhumations, 250 cremations and huge quantities of faunal remains both in-house and for external clients.

You can find out more in our blog and on academia.

Coming up!

Living in the Medieval Town 

On 9 February 2014, you can hear Don Walker talking about "Broken bones: evidence of non-lethal trauma in medieval London" at this weekend conference run by the University of Oxford.

Don will be exploring the evidence from the unprecedented >10,000 skeletons discovered at Spitalfields in East London. Such a large sample allowed us to look at patterns of injury through time, as well as how it affected different ages and sexes. What were the risks people faced and how did these differ during their lives?

Latest news

Crouched burials from Syon Park

One of our latest MOLA publications features the analysis of a small group of crouched burials excavated at the site of the Hilton London Syon Park Hotel, Brentford.

To buy your copy contact: booksales@mola.org.uk

Digitised Diseases

MOLA have now completed laser scanning for the project at the Royal College of Surgeons. Watch this space for the results, coming soon!

Recent publications

Henderson M, Miles A, Walker D, with Connell B and Wroe-Brown R, 2013, ‘He being dead yet speaketh’: excavations at three post-medieval burial grounds in Tower Hamlets, east London, 2004–10, MOLA Monograph Series 64

Walker, D, 2012 Disease in London, 1st–19th centuries: an illustrated guide to diagnosis, MOLA monograph 56

Fowler L and Powers N, 2012 Doctors, dissection and resurrection men: excavations in the 19th-century burial ground of the London Hospital, 2006, MOLA Monograph 62 SOLD OUT

Connell B, A Gray Jones, R Redfern and D Walker, 2012 Spitalfields: a bioarchaeological study of health and disease from a medieval London cemetery: Archaeological excavations at Spitalfields Market 1991–2007, volume 3, MOLA Monograph 60

If you are interested in MOLA 'grey' literature, please contact Natasha Powers, Head of Osteology.

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Excavation of a mass grave at Spitalfields © N Powers

See MOLA osteologist Mike Henderson lay out a skeleton in record time!