Anthropology - Osteological collection

Natural History Museum Vienna

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Electronic database / Collection

Short Description

The osteological collection at the Natural History Museum in Vienna comprises about 40,000 human skeletal remains of mainly Austrian but also worldwide provenance. It therefore allows various research questions to be answered in systematic and comparative ways. It was founded 150 years agoand reflects the history of the collection as well as of the field itself. The oldest remains date to the upper Paleolithic (ca 38.000 years), while the youngest ones ones are dated to the modern era. They represent the basis for the study of lifeways in ancient and historic times.


Contact Person

Dr. Karin Wiltschke-Schrotta, Dr. Sabine Eggers

Research Services

Expertise in the research of human remains. Support for the research, handling and exhibition of human skeletal remains.

Methods & Expertise for Research Infrastructure

Expertise for the research of the collection and the associated bioarchaeology to analyse human remains in various chronological, cultural and historical contexts.

Allocation to Core Facility

Department of Anthropology, Natural History Museum Vienna

Access after contact with curator
Austrian and international universities, museums and research institutions.