Useful Links

Osteology Laboratory: Useful Links and Resources

  • BABAO: British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology. BABAO promotes the study of human bioarchaeology and osteoarchaeology for the purpose of understanding humanity from the past to the present. BABAO also provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and information on these topics and strives to improve standards in all aspects of the study of the biological remains of past and present peoples.
  • AAPA: American Association of Physical Anthropologists. The AAPA is the world's leading professional organization for physical anthropologists. Formed by 83 charter members in 1930, the AAPA now has an international membership of over 1,700. The Association's annual meetings draw more than a thousand scientists and students from all over the world.
  • APABE: Advisory Panel on the Archaeology of Burials in England. The aim of APABE is to support professionals and others in interpreting the guidance documents issued in 2005 by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and by English Heritage and the Church of England, by the provision of casework advice on any aspect of archaeological burials, and to produce new guidance where necessary. The objective is to foster a consistent approach to ethical, legal, scientific, archaeological and other issues surrounding the treatment of archaeological burials.
  • English Heritage Guidelines on human bone from archaeological sites: Guidelines for producing assessment documents and analytical report concerning the role of the human osteologist in archaeological fieldwork projects with an emphasis on the production of MoRPHE compliant assessments and analytical reports.
  • Institute for Archaeologists standards and guidance for forensic archaeologists: This document will allow forensic archaeologists to demonstrate high levels of professional performance by validation against accepted standards. This is underpinned by guidance on working methods which will ensure these standards are maintained during delivery. The document is designed to provide guidance within the legal framework of England and Wales whilst outlining best practice which is also compatible with the legal system in Scotland.
  • Human Tissue Authority: The Human Tissue Authority (HTA) is a watchdog that supports public confidence by licensing organisations that store and use human tissue for purposes such as research, patient treatment, post-mortem examination, teaching, and public exhibitions.