Nicholas has 

  • a BA Hons in Archaeology and Education from the University of York (1997)
  • a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from the University of Bradford (1998),
  • a MSc in Osteology, Palaeopathology and Funerary Archaeology from the University of Sheffield (1999)
  • a DPhil in Biological Anthropology/Archaeology from the University of Oxford (2006).

During his MSc and DPhil Nicholas specialised in the analysis of human skeletal remains primarily from Punic and Roman Spain, focusing on health, disease and interpreting the data within a biocultural framework. For a number of years, he also worked on human skeletal remains from Prehistoric to early 20th century sites in the UK, Spain, France and Portugal and he has undertaken work on a number of museum collections.

From 2008 to 2013 Nicholas worked full time as a forensic anthropologist and archaeologist for two major forensic science providers in the UK  – LGC Forensics and Cellmark Forensic Services – attending crime scenes and mortuaries for a number of police forces in England and Wales. 

Nicholas is also a Research Associate at the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography, University of Oxford, where he has taught since 2001. He took up his post as Lecturer in Forensic Anthropology at Cranfield University in October 2013.

Current activities

Nicholas's interests include:

  • age estimation in the living
  • methods of sex, stature and age-at-death estimation from human skeletal remains
  • bioarchaeology – reconstructing lifestyle, health and disease from past populations
  • forensic archaeology – the application of archaeological principles, techniques and methodologies in a legal context
  • taphonomy – the study of organism decay and fossilisation
  • trauma - the study of physical wounds and injuries
  • ethics of human remains
  • promoting the disciplines of forensic archaeology, anthropology and bioarchaeology
  • global perspectives in forensic anthropology and archaeology (legislation, methods, human rights investigations).


  • Police forces in England and Wales
  • Forensic science providers
  • Solicitors
  • Local governments
  • Archaeological companies
  • Universities
  • Museums


Articles In Journals

Conference Papers

  • Márquez-Grant N, Olivé Busom J & Ramon Torres J (2021) Los restos humanos de la necrópolis púnica de Ses Païsses de Cala d’Hort (Can Sorà, Ibiza): Estudio antropológico. In: Coloquio Fenicio-Púnico, Ibiza, 27-29 November 2019.
  • Vachirawongsakorn V, Marquez-Grant N, Painter J, Beckett S & Greenwood C (2018) Taphonomic processes of chop marks in terrestrial and buried environments: A micro-CT and stereo-microscopic study [poster]. In: Taphos-Nomos 2018, School of Forensic and Applied Sciences, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, 2-4 November 2018.
  • McGivern H, Greenwood C, Marquez-Grant N & Zioupos P (2018) Getting to the bare bones of the age –related changes to the mechanical and structural properties of the clavicle. In: Bone Research Society (BRS) Annual Meeting, Stripe Building, King Alfred Campus, University of Winchester, Winchester, 27-29 June 2018.
  • Márquez-Grant N, García-Rubio A & Harrison K (2014) El valor de la arqueologia y la antropologia forense en las operaciones policiales de busqueda de personas desparecidas (The value of archaeology and forensic anthropology in police operations on searching for missing persons). In: VI REUNIóN CIENTíFICA DE LA ASOCIACIóN ESPAñOLA DE ANTROPOLOGíA Y ODONTOLOGíA FORENSE : 6th Scientific Meeting of Spanish Association of Forensic Anthropology and Odontology, Madrid, 10-11 October 2014.
  • Kyriakou XP, Márquez-Grant N, Langstaff H, Samuels C, Pacelli CS, Castro J, Roig J & Kranioti EF (2012) The human remains from the Mediaeval Islamic cemetery of Can Fonoll, Ibiza, Spain: preliminary results.. In: Twelfth Annual Conference of the British Association of Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology, Cambridge, 17 September 2010.