BABAO offers funding grants for research projects which are available annually, by competition. The competition is open to ALL members of the association who paid their dues by the 31st of January of the application year

These grants may be used to support research in biological anthropology (on all extant and extinct primates) and osteoarchaeology (human and non-human).

This year, BABAO has awarded a total of four grants, two to commercial members and two to academic members:

Commercial Grants:

Natasha Powers, Allen Archaeology Ltd, £1,423.44

Revealing Roman Lincoln: a burial resource assessment for Lindum Colonia.

Through desk-based interrogation of HER (Historic Environment Record) data, ‘grey’ or unpublished literature, published sources and direct contact with contracting units, this project will quantify the existing burial resource for Roman Lincoln. It will determine the current state of knowledge and provide up-to-date spatial and demographic data on inhumations and cremation burials excavated from within Lindum Colonia and its immediate hinterland and in both modern and antiquarian contexts. The resulting data will facilitate future osteological research and will be used to help to inform future planning decisions, enabling Lincoln to be more readily compared with other large Roman settlements.

Sophie Newman, Freelance Osteoarchaeologist, £1,573.60

Growing Old in the Industrial Age: ageing, health, and social identity in elderly females (18th-19th C).

The elderly within past communities are still an underrepresented group within archaeological research, but they would have formed a large proportion of communities during the post-medieval period. Analysis of two 18th - 19th century sites from Manchester identified two female individuals with multiple pathological conditions. Osteological analysis suggested they were at least sixty years of age, and coffin nameplates confirmed this. Building on these two case-studies, the impact of degenerative biological changes on the health and well-being of elderly women in the 18th - 19th centuries, and the impact of advancing age and increasing care requirements on social identity, will explored.

Academic Grants:

Lulia Rusu, Cardiff University, £990.00

Exploring Magyar Diet and Health: Integrating osteoarchaeology and isotope analysis.

The project will investigate the relationship between dietary practice and health in a medieval Hungarian population from Szada, northern Hungary. The cemetery comprises a key population for understanding the transition to sedentary farming in this area, often regarded as a cause of decline in nutritional quality. Osteological investigations show an increase in pathologies indicative of poor nutrition, particularly in males. This project will explore dietary practice through carbon/nitrogen isotope analysis, establishing whether practices vary by sex or correlate with nutrition-related pathologies. It will provide vital new primary data to investigate the transition to both sedentary agriculture and to Christianity.

Christopher Aris, University of Kent, £628.00

Testing a new multivariate dental morphometric method of juvenile assessment on a known sex population.

This project will test the accuracy and reliability of a newly-developed method (Aris et al., in prep) of skeletal sex assessment, which can be applied to individuals as young as three years of age. Eleven morphometric measurements will be taken from the first maxillary molar of 128 individuals (96 adults, 32 juveniles) of known sex from the Spitalfields Crypt collection. These measurements will be processed through discriminate function analysis to test whether the outputs can accurately determine biological sex of young individuals, and thus provide empirical evidence for the potential of this method to alleviate the problem of sexing immatures.


Congratulations to all of this years winners.