The University of Sheffield
Department of Archaeology

Subjects/methods: Ethnoarchaeology

Ethnoarchaeology is an approach that uses anthropological and ethnological information from studies of living and recent traditional communities to help interpret archaeological evidence from the distant past. Researchers at the University of Sheffield use ethnoarchaeological methods in the study of animal remains from archaeological sites, as many of the traditional interactions between humans and animals can be observed and interpreted using ethnographic methods. Likewise the investigation of early farming practices and research into the development of pottery production techniques benefit from studies of the practices of traditional communities.

Academic StaffEthnography

Umberto Albarella

Peter Day

Paul Halstead

Glynis Jones