Institute of Archaeology


BABAO 2023 to be hosted by UCL Archaeology

12 July 2023

This year's British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology conference (BABAO 2023) will be hosted by the UCL Institute of Archaeology in September.

Two people sitting at a table measuring a replica human skull

Formed in 1998, the British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology (BABAO) promotes the study of biological (or physical) anthropology for the purpose of understanding the physical development of the human species from the past to the present, providing a forum for discussion and intellectual exchange for professionals and students in all areas of biological anthropology.

The 2023 conference, organised by the UCL Institute of Archaeology, will be held at the nearby Mary Ward House Conference Centre from 15-17 September. Early registration is now open and will close on 31 July 2023. 

BABAO 2023 conference sessions will include Human remains and the museum; Biomolecular applications to Bioarchaeological questions; New Horizons in Palaeopathology: Papers in honour of Prof Tony Waldron; Social Bioarchaeology of the 21st Century; Forensic Anthropology: Strengthening the discipline in the UK as well as an Open Session where all topics are welcome.

Visit the dedicated BABAO 2023 conference website for registration and details regarding the conference venue, travel and hotels as well as a small number of bursaries for members experiencing difficult financial circumstances.


The UCL Institute of Archaeology conference team include Carolyn Rando, Katie Hemer, Rebecca Watts and Kate Gafner.

Email: babaoconference2023@gmail.com