Sheffield Archaeology at the SAA

Staff, students and alumni from the Archaeology Department at the University of Sheffield turned out in force for North America’s premier Archaeology conference, the annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, which was held in Orlando from 6-10 April.

We had a busy booth in the exhibition hall, with lots of information about current projects, fieldwork and opportunities for studying archaeology in Sheffield.

It was a great opportunity to talk with former students, colleagues and potential students from around the world.

Our staff and students were also active in the rest of the conference. Professor Dawn Hadley co-chaired, together with Traci Ardren from the University of Miami, a session entitled 'On the Move: Archaeological Approaches to Children and Childhood'. In this session, Dawn presented a paper on 'Growing up on the move: childhood experience in the Viking Age' and Sheffield lecturer Dr Katherine Fennelly spoke about 'Dublin's Bedford Asylum and the material of the 'Industrious Child''.

Professor Peter Day presented his paper 'The Longevity of Ceramic Production Centres: historical contingency in the analysis of pottery' in a symposium on 'Technological Advances in Archaeology'.

Sheffield alumni Sarah Breiter

Sheffield Archaeology swag at our SAA booth

Dr Silvia Valenzuela-Lamas, Honorary Research Fellow at Sheffield, spoke about 'Urbanisation and animal husbandry in ancient Western Europe: how territoriality affects negatively husbandry productivity' in a session entitled 'New Methods in Zooarchaeology'.

Current PhD student, Hannah Plumer, presented a paper on ‘Maya Health Through Time in Northwestern Belize’ in the ‘Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes’ symposium.

In addition to current members of the department, over 20 Sheffield alumni attended the meetings. All are currently working in the field, including archaeological consulting, the heritage sector and academic institutions across North America and Europe.

We enjoyed the opportunity to catch up with them, along with other colleagues and potential recruits, at a Sheffield Archaeology party on the Thursday evening.

A great time was had by all at the pool-side event – and it was all capped off by the Disney firework display (which happens every night in Orlando)!