Richard Allen

Mr Richard Allen

Laboratory Manager

Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art
Dyson Perrins Building, South Parks Rd, Oxford, OX1 3QY

Tel: +44 (0)1865 285230

Fax: +44 (0)1865 285220


Personal Website

Research Interests

  • Bioinformatics
  • Web programming
  • Evolutionary Genetics
  • Earthen Architecture
  • Virtual environments
  • Palaeoecology
  • Ancient DNA

Higher Education

The University of Durham, October 2001 to July 2004
BSc Ecology Hons, class 2:1

University of East London/Centre for Alternative Technology, September 2006 to June 2009
MSc Architecture: Advanced Environmental and Energy Studies, pass with Merit (68) 


Wilson, J., Hardy, K., Allen, R. Copeland L., Wrangham R, Collins M. 2010 Automated classification of starch granules using supervised pattern recognition of morphological properties.  Journal of Archaeological Science, 37, 594-604

Copsey. N,Gourley. B.,Allen,R. 2010 Mud Mortars in Masonry Construction – Malton, North Yorkshire. 2nd Historic Mortars Conference, Prague (presented in September 2010)

Lelli. R , Allen. R, Biondi. G, Calattini. M, Conati Barbaro. C, Antonia Gorgoglione. M, Manfredini. A, Martínez-Labarga. C, Radina. F, Silvestrini. M, Tozzi, C, Rickards. O, Craig .O. 2012 Examining dietary variability of the earliest farmers of south-eastern Italy. American Journal of Physical Anthropology

Craig. OE, Allen. RB , Thompson. A, Stevens. RE, Steele. VJ, Heron. CP. 2012 Distinguishing Wild Ruminant Lipids by GCCIRMS. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry

Stewart, J.R.M, Allen, R.B, Jones, A.K.G, Kendall, T, Penkman, K.E.H, Demarchi, B, O’Connor, T & Collins, M.J (2013). Walking on Eggshells: A Study of Egg Use in Anglo-Scandinavian York Based on Eggshell Identification Using ZooMS. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology

Stewart, John R.M, Allen, Richard B, Jones, Andrew K.G, Penkman, Kirsty E.H & Collins, Matthew J (2013).ZooMS: making eggshell visible in the archaeological record. Journal of Archaeological Science 40(4): 1797-1804

Henderson, C.Y., King, G.A., Caffell, A.C. & Allen, R. (2013). Adipocere Inside Nineteenth Century Femora: The Effect of Grave Conditions. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology

Girdland Flink, L, Allen, R, Barnett, R, Malmström, H, Peters, J, Eriksson, J, Andersson, L, Dobney, K & Larson, G (2014). Establishing the validity of domestication genes using DNA from ancient chickens. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

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