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Masters student research in osteoarchaeology

Our 12-month Masters programmes include a research dissertation. Here you can find out more about what the students on the MSc Osteoarchaeology and related programmes are working on for their dissertation projects.

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Student osteoarchaeology research 2017

Helene Benkert

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This is Helene Benkert from Germany. Helene is studying changes in horse husbandry at the Roman-medieval transition in Britain.

Emily Deeb

Emily in the lab

This is Emily Deeb from the US. Emily is setting up a recording system for animal palaeopathology, using the Saxon site of West Stow as a case study.

Tomos Jones

Tomos working on his dissertation

This is Tomos Jones from Wales. Tomos is studying issues in zooarchaeology quantification, using two different recording systems and then comparing results.

Maddie Metz

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This is Maddie Metz from the US. Maddie is working on bird remains from the English ecclesiastic site of St.Gregory's Priory.

Jess Harrison

Jess studying material

This is Jess Harrison from England. Jess is working on a new system to distinguish bones of rabbits and hares to apply to archaeological case studies.

Matteo Bormetti

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This is Matteo Bormetti from Italy. Matteo is studying the animal bone assemblage from the Iron Age site of Clay Farm, England.

Chun Ho Kim

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This is Chun Ho Kim from South Korea. Kim is investigating patterns of dog meat consumption in Korea and, comparatively, other geographic areas.

Anya Harvey

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This is Anya Harvey from England. Anya is looking at wear patterns in sheep mandibles, to facilitate the attribution of jaw fragments to age stages.

Mahmoud Mardini

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This is Mahmoud Mardini from Lebanon. Mahmoud is studying human skeletons from a Roman necropolis ​in Byblos, to investigate social hierarchy.

Heather Fraser

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This is Heather Fraser from Canada. Heather is doing 3D crania modelling aimed at facial reconstructions of three human skulls from Rothwell Chapel.

Ayya Raissova

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This is Ayya Raissova from Kazakhstan. Ayya is looking at activity markers on human lower limbs to investigate human-horse relationships.

Dimitris Filioglou

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This is Dimitris Filioglou from Greece. Dimitris is studying a Neolithic bone assemblage from Northern Greece to investigate patterns of animal management.

Jennifer Hastings

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This is Jennifer Hastings from the US. Jennifer is studying animal remains from our newest excavations at late Neolithic Durrington Walls.


Student osteoarchaeology research 2016

Dani Buffa

Dani Buffa

I am analysing faunal remains from recently discovered Little Carlton, a Mid Anglo-Saxon site in East Lincolnshire. As in the mundane we find the character of real life, my research aims to gain insight into everyday activities and diet scarce in the contemporary historical record.

DANI BUFFA (Overseas student)

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Aaron Fehir

My dissertation is an introduction of a new (digital) method for processing photographs that allows heterogeneous colour values to be used as proxy data. Though the utility extends throughout archaeology, my dissertation investigates its osteological application using human specimens from the Carver Street Cemetery Assemblage to investigate the effect of relative depth (and hydrology) on bone colouration.

Aaron FehiR (Overseas student)

Aaron Fehir

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Tom Bell

My dissertation is analysing an assemblage of micro-mammals and amphibians from a cave site in the Peak District, dating from the Palaeolithic to the Neolithic. Micro-mammals all live in certain habitats and climates, and understanding what species of micro-mammals are present can help give an insight into the environment at the time.

Tom Bell (UK student)

Tom Bell

KC Schlesak

KC Schlesak

I'm looking at large mammal material from a cave site in Derbyshire that spans from the Pleistocene to present day. My aim is to understand how occupation of the cave has changed over time, as well as how species presence and size has changed in the surrounding area.

KC Schlesak (Overseas student)

Claire Holmes

Claire Holmes

For my dissertation I’m looking at husbandry practices during the 16th century. I’m mainly analysing a 16th century assemblage from Southampton Castle and combining it with data from other sites across England to investigate regional variation in husbandry practices as well as differences between site types.

claire holmes, Msc environmental archaeology and palaeoeconomy (UK student)

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Maria Nedou

For my dissertation I’m studying some of the remains from the site of Norton Priory (Runcorn, Cheshire). This is one of the largest excavated monastic sites in Europe, and it is a great opportunity to study faunal remains from a site of this type, as large animal bone assemblages are rare from ecclesiastic sites. My work is feeding into a larger project hosted by the Zooarchaeology Lab here in Sheffield, People and Animals at Norton Priory , which is being overseen by Lizzie Wright and Umberto Albarella.

Maria Nedou (EU STUDENT)

Maria Nedou

Bethany Johnston

Seals were an important marine resource for coastal communities in the past. While previous research has adopted a morphological approach when distinguishing between the skeletal remains of different seal species, I am conducting a biometric study. My research focuses on the distinction between the grey and common seal. I am taking measurements from modern material and applying my results to archaeological data.

bethaNY JOHNSTON (UK STudent)

Bethany Johnston

Otis Gilbert

Otis Gilbert

My dissertation is on the role of peacocks and peahens (Pavo cristatus) in classical antiquity. I am using contemporary texts and images, alongside reported peafowl bone, to understand the distribution and importance of the species during the Greco-Roman period. I hope it will tell us about trade in luxuries, the sacred role of animals, and the socio-economics of the exotic in the classical era. Recently I have used the department's extensive offprint collection to find a wide range of sites where their bones are reported. I have also used the reference collections to collect vital biometric data to confirm the sexing of individuals.

Otis gilbert, ma archaeology of the classical mediterranean (UK STudent)

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