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Online Bioarchaeology Research Material

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Are you a student or researcher looking to do original research on information that is available through Open Access? This is where I’m starting to list available repositories and download locations for such information. Keep in mind that anyone attempting to use open access material should check with individuals hosting the information to determine how to best understand and interpret the data.

Bioarchaeology Tools

Osteoware – a free, in-progress database for skeletal recording of anatomy and pathology

3Dbones – Projects by BARC (Bradford Biological Anthropology Research Centre) includes Digitized Diseases and From Cemetery to Clinic, both project started to create 3D scans of pathological human remains

Human palaeopathology: current syntheses and future options – classic 1991 text is free to download!

CDC Public Health Image Library

USF Human Anatomy Clipart – Clipart free to use for academic, non-profit research purposes. There are also other sections on biology and comparative anatomy that may be helpful.


Bioarchaeology Datasets

Global History of Health Project – Western Hemisphere – The data from the 2000 publication Backbone of History is available on this website, while data for the European module is currently being collected.

Southeast Asia Datasets from UPenn

MoLAS Database Downloads – includes preliminary data on skeletal remains from Roman London through the postmedieval period

MoLAS Flickr Account – a variety of high quality images of techniques and pathologies

St Helena Data on ADS – Appendices and other data for  cemetery of enslaved Africans who died after emancipation on St Helena

Archaeological Data Service – ADS is an open-source database for grey literature and archaeological data generally. Some intrepid searching will probably find lots of  other skeletal data for projects related to British skeletal remains!

Human Bone from Domuztepe Excavations

The Digital Archaeological Record – a nascent open access database similar to ADS in intent

History of Medicine

Historical Anatomies on the Web


Written by diggingellen

March 28, 2013 at 9:08 pm

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