Summer Osteoarchaeology Short Courses

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For the first time, the University of Sheffield’s Department of Archaeology is offering its popular human and animal bone short courses in a 2-week Super Package! This suite of courses is specially designed to introduce participants to the study of human and animal remains.

The human and animal bone labs have teamed up to offer both our human and animal bone courses back to back from June 17-28th, 2013. All of our courses assume no prior knowledge and can be taken on their own, or in combination with any of the other courses.

Sheffield has a long history of teaching and research in osteoarchaeology, and members of our current research teams have a wealth of professional and practical experience. We have worked extensively on projects in the UK and Europe, as well as in other areas of the world.

Participants have previously come from throughout the UK, Europe, North America and Australia for our courses, and we hope to make it easier than ever to attend our Super Short Course Package.

For this summer we will be offering:

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  • a 10% discount on fees for those attending all 3 courses

  • possibility to visit local sites of osteological interest (for a small extra cost)

  • detailed info on international travel to Sheffield & short breaks in the UK

Book all 3 courses! 17th-28th June 2013 (with 10% off!) £684/£522 (concession): Book here!

Understanding Zooarchaeology I

17-19th June 2013
Cost: £180/£120 (concession)

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Marine Resources

20-21st June 2013
Cost: £180/£120 (concession)

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Introduction to Human Osteology

24-28th June 2013
Cost: £400/£340 (concession)

Book your place (SOLD OUT we have no more places left but if people would be interested in taking the course at a future date, they can still get in touch and let us know.)

Through three days of short lectures, discussions, case studies, and hands-on practical work, this course offers a solid introduction to the identification of animal bones, the theory and methods behind zooarchaeology, and the uses and limitations of this form of evidence.
This course an ideal starting point for archaeologists, museum curators, heritage professionals, and natural history enthusiasts who encounter animal bones and/or zooarchaeological reports in their research or professional capacities. Equally, it provides a firm basis for students interested in pursuing further training.


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This course provides detailed insight into faunal remains associated with human exploitation of coastal environments. The course is heavily based on practical laboratory sessions that provide training in the identification of fish, mollusc, marine bird, crustacean and marine mammal remains. In addition, short lectures and case studies are used to provide examples of how different lines of evidence are brought together to provide an integrated understanding of marine resource exploitation, often as part of a more extensive subsistence strategy, for archaeological sites in Europe. Of particular relevance to coastal enthusiasts, archaeologists, environmental scientists, and biologists.


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This five day course provides participants with an overview of human skeletal anatomy and a variety of osteological methods, in order to convey understanding and recognition of standard osteological practice and help participants gain confidence when dealing with human skeletal material. The course is suitable for those working in outdoor occupations, the rescue services, field archaeology and museums, or students and for those wanting a taster course in human osteology.


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Please note that 10% discount only applied when all three courses are booked through the University of Sheffield online shop. You can do this here.   

Coming soon:

  • Information about international travel to Sheffield
  • Suggested short breaks in the UK
  • Things to see and do in and around Sheffield and the Peak District
  • Details of our field trip, which will take place on the weekend of 22nd & 23rd June 2013.