Research at MOLA

MOLA is an educational charity and leading heritage practitioner with Independent Research Organisation status. Our work and expertise are internationally recognised. We maintain strong links with the academic community and seek to develop partnerships with commercial, academic and community groups to produce truly innovative research that makes a genuine impact on our understanding of places, people and the past. In return we offer access to some of the most exciting archaeological discoveries, as they are made, and the expertise of our hugely experienced specialists.

If you have a research collaboration or funding opportunity that you would like to discuss with us then please contact us on

Please complete a Research Request Application Form (download). Our Research Strategy outlines our current research priorities and is supported by our Research Ethics Standards and Guidelines (download). If you would like to sample our material please complete the Destructive Sampling Application Form (download).

For information on undertaking independent research projects using MOLA material and for details on bench fees please visit the Researching MOLA Material page.

For more information take a look at our Research with MOLA leaflet.

Download our Research with MOLA leaflet

Download our Research Ethics guide

Download our External Researcher application form

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    Researching MOLA Material

    We grant access to our archaeological collections for independent research projects.
  • Research Prospectus

    Excellence in research, innovation and collaboration: our new Research Prospectus

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    MOLA has produced over a hundred archaeological publications, ranging from academic monographs to popular books.
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    Resource Library

    The Resource Library provides access to unpublished reports, publication resources and bibliographic article references.
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    Research and Engagement Projects

    We carry out a range of research and community archaeology projects every year, with our partners.