In their paper, Redfern and Clegg draw attention to two key issues that have an adverse effect on English and Welsh osteological assemblages, including the commercial post-excavation analysis of human remains and academic research of human skeletons. This response to Redfern and Clegg’s paper is based on the experiences of these issues as a managing director of a commercial osteological company (York Osteoarchaeology Ltd) and as a lecturer in Bioarchaeology at the University of York and includes advice and suggestions from colleagues from both institutions.
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- Skeleton excavation
- biomolecular analysis
- community archaeology