UCLan research centre for Field Archaeology and Forensic Taphonomy


The UCLan research centre for Field Archaeology and Forensic Taphonomy is a global research community with expertise in primary data collection and investigation.  Staff within the centre work with leading global organisation such as the Red Cross, the Max Planck Institute, Australia National University, ARISTA human taphonomic cemetery in Amsterdam, Historic England, 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 having taken part in projects from all over Europe, Australia and the USA.  In addition the Centre’s work assists with the identification of human remains in Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Brazil, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Philippines and Ukraine, and provides bespoke training for the International Committee of the Red Cross.

In particular, the centre focuses on the collection and evaluation of research data in the field and in the scientific laboratory, focusing on the methodological, pedagogic, and transformative aspects of original primary data as tools for innovative science and social impact. In particular this involves synergies between archaeology, anthropology, computing and genetics with emphasis on interdisciplinary and collaboration in the areas of Citizenship, Society and Justice. Research themes combine archaeology embedded into the heritage sector and Forensic Science, which is central to the university’s justice agenda.

There has never been a more vital time for this this Centre to be active because global uncertainty strikes at the very heart of belonging and identity. The work of the Centre underpins the need for consistence, and methodological practice and in human remains recovery.

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