Professor Andrew Wilson

Chair in Forensic and Archaeological Sciences

Andrew was appointed initially as Research Investment Lecturer (2007), as Lecturer in Forensic & Archaeological Sciences (2010) and as Senior Lecturer in Forensic & Archaeological Sciences (2012). He was awarded a Chair in 2019. He is Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and holds an academic teaching qualification, PGCert in Higher Education Practice (Bradford - 2011). He was appointed to Corporate Membership (MIfA) of the Institute for Archaeologists (2010) and is a member of the IfA Expert Panel in Forensic Archaeology having undertaken casework since 2001.

Andrew has attracted research funding from the Wellcome Trust, AHRC, EPSRC, Jisc and HEIF. He co-directs the RKT hub ‘Bradford Visualisation’ (with Chris Gaffney). He has led major interdisciplinary projects in the Digital Humanities, including ‘Digitised Diseases’ (with Co-Is Jo Buckberry, Chris Gaffney and Hassan Ugail), ‘From Cemetery to Clinic’ (with Co-Is Jo Buckberry, Chris Gaffney and Hassan Ugail) and ‘Visualising Animal Hard Tissues’ (with Co-Is Sonia O’Connor, Rob Janaway and Hassan Ugail). He is Co-I on the AHRC Theme Large Grant ‘Fragmented Heritage’ (as part of the core management team with PI Randy Donahue and project manager Adrian Evans). He has publications in numerous journals including Nature, Science, PNAS and Current Biology. He has had successful MPhil and PhD completions from funded, sponsored and self-financed sources.

Andrew has wide-ranging interests in Biological Anthropology, Archaeological Science and Forensic Science. He first worked in field archaeology in Sussex in 1988. Initially he trained at the Institute of Archaeology and gained a First Class Honours BSc in Archaeological Conservation (UCL – 1991-94), with internships at the Ancient Monuments Laboratory and Wiltshire County Council Conservation Lab. On graduation he worked as conservator and field archaeologist for South Eastern Archaeological Services before the opportunity to work as a research intern at the Conservation Analytical Laboratory, Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC with Noreen Tuross (1995-96). He returned to the UK and gained a Distinction with his MSc Osteology, Palaeopathology & Funerary Archaeology on the original Sheffield-Bradford human osteology course (Bradford – 1996-97).

A year as Contracts Conservator at the Wiltshire County Council Conservation Service saw him undertake the Conservation of the South Cadbury Shield, which won the Museums & Galleries Commission National Conservation Award, amongst other projects (1998-99). He then returned to the University of Bradford for his Wellcome-Trust Prize PhD in Bioarchaeology (Bradford – 1999-2002).

Postdoctoral research initially included a six month project examining the impact of agrochemicals on the corrosion of metal artefacts (English Heritage), a three year Bioarchaeology Fellowship examining high resolution diet and seasonality information from hair (Wellcome Trust Bioarchaeology Programme) and a one year Fellowship examining the source, trade and exchange of textiles and their raw materials in Southern Peru (AHRC RCTCTS).