Strong showing for Sheffield Archaeology at the annual meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists

The European Association of Archaeologists (EAA) recently held their 2015 annual meeting at the University of Glasgow. The EAAs are one of the highlights of the year for research archaeologists, attracting a large and diverse international audience. As is normal, this year Sheffield's Department of Archaeology had a strong showing at the meeting.

Dr Elizabeth Craig-Atkins organised a session at the EAAs in collaboration with PhD student Jenny Crangle and Dr Jonny Geber (University College Cork) on the 'Control and Management of Christian Burial'. Ten papers were presented by colleagues from the UK, Sweden, the Czech Republic and Australia, all of whom sought to go beyond simple characterisation of funerary rites to discuss the processes and identities involved in their organisation. The session was rounded off by Stuart Prior (Bristol University) who talked about his pre-archaeology experiences as a grave-digger and a newly funded oral history project on this subject.

Research Fellows Dr Idoia Grau-Sologestoa and Dr Chiara Corbino organised a session with Dr Alessandro Quercia (Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici del Piemonte e del Museo Antichità Egizie) entitled ‘Global markets and local manufacturing: wool production and trade’. The papers presented ranged from the 2nd century BC to the 16th century AD, and widely across Europe. The authors presented case studies and methodological approaches to that issue. Participants were from Institutions based in UK, Ireland, Italy, Greece, Germany, Estonia, Croatia, Czech Republic and USA.

Idoia also co-organised a session entitled 'Don't put your eggs in one basket: multi-disciplinary approaches to the study of poultry exploitation in Europe', together with Julia Best (Bournemouth University), Luminita Bejenaru (Alexandru Ioan Cuza Universit), Ophelie Lebrasseur (University of Oxford) and Mark Maltby (Bournemouth University).

 Idoia Grau-Sologestoa (left), Alessandro Quercia and Chiara Corbino at the start of the EAA

Idoia Grau-Sologestoa (left), Alessandro Quercia and Chiara Corbino at the start of their EAA session

It was a full-day session with contributions dealing with the archaeology of chicken, duck and goose remains, both from a methodological perspective and based on case-studies from the Iron Age, Roman and medieval Britain, Italy, Turkey, France, Iceland and Poland. Three of the presentations were by members of our Department: 'An analysis of duck and goose bone assemblages from Roman Britain using newly developed morphometric identification criteria' by PhD student Ged Poland, 'The role of minor bird domesticates in Roman and medieval Italy' by Chiara and Idoia's own paper 'Large-scale ovine horizontal transhumance in Spain: its modern social significance and its role in the archaeological research agenda'.

Congratulations and well done to all of the participants for their hard work in ensuring this year's EAAs were a huge success.

European Association of Archaeologists website (external)

EAA Glasgow 2015 website (external)

Dr Elizabeth Craig-Atkins

Dr Chiara Corbino

PhD student Jenny Crangle

PhD student Ged Poland