In June and July 2010, the Laboratory for Human Osteoarchaeology excavated at the Paardenmarkt in Alkmaar. De Paardenmarkt was the location of the Franciscan monastery and its cemetery (A.D. 1448-1572). Previous research conducted by Hollandia Archeologen had shown that 150-300 individuals were buried at the site. Moreover, it was expected to find remnants of the monastery itself. During the large scale excavations by Hollandia Archeologen and Leiden University over 180 primary burials and several secondary inhumations were encountered. In addition, two mass graves with 22 and nine individuals dating to the time of the Siege of Alkmaar (1573) were excavated. Currently, all human remains are housed in the Faculty of Archaeology and are analysed in the Laboratory. The report on the human remains is finished and can be downloaded by clicking the button.
From June untill August 2011, the Laboratory for Human Osteoarchaeology excavated a large part of the Middenbeemster cemetery, dating from the beginning of the 17th century up to the end of the 19th century. In cooperation with Hollandia Archeologen, over 500 individuals were excavated in a time period of eight weeks. Few rural cemeteries of this time period have been scientifically excavated in the past and the excellent preservation of the material makes it a potential interesting reference collection for future research. The bioarchaeological research will be conducted at Leiden University and will take several years. A report on the first 125 skeletons is finished and can be downloaded by clicking the button.