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Welcome to the human osteoarchaeology group of the Groningen Institute of Archaeology led by Dr Anna Moles.

The human osteoarchaeology group is active in the research, teaching and public outreach of the Groningen Institute of Archaeology. The Human Osteoarchaeology Lab is located on the ground floor of the GIA at Poststraat 6 (Room 0011). The Lab is a new facility at the GIA that will continue to develop in the coming years. It offers a reference library, bench space for skeletal analysis, measuring equipment, and a teaching and reference collection of human skeletal remains from archaeological contexts in the Northern Netherlands as well as replica casts.

To follow updates of the human osteoarchaeology group, find us on Instagram


We conduct research currently in Greece, the Netherlands and Belize focusing on palaeopathology and stable isotope analysis (for which we collaborate with the Centre for Isotope Research) for understanding aspects of health, diet and lifeways. We advance an integrated analysis and interdisciplinary approach to bioarchaeology to answer a wide range of questions relating to social change, mobility, gender, kinship, status, identity, and personhood.

We welcome interest from postdoctoral researchers to complement and expand our research in these fields.

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Human Osteoarchaeology is taught at all levels of the BA programme, as flexible components of the Research Masters (ReMA), and thesis topics are also available in the BA, MA and ReMA. In the ReMA programme it is possible to specialise in Human Osteoarchaeology through taught tutorials and supervised research projects. Supervision for PhD projects is also possible.

Taught courses:

  • BA1: Introduction to Bioarchaeology
  • BA2: Human Osteoarchaeology
  • BA2: Integrated Bioarchaeology
  • BA3: Themes in Bioarchaeology
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Public Outreach

We participate actively in science communication and public outreach events and welcome opportunities to share and disseminate our knowledge about human skeletal remains and what we can learn from them about life in the past.

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For further information about the human osteoarchaeology group, our research, the laboratory facilities, or studying human osteoarchaeology at the Groningen Institute of Archaeology, contact Dr Anna Moles (

Last modified:09 November 2023 2.34 p.m.