Zooarchaeology Short Courses, I & II


Sheffield has a long history of zooarchaeology teaching and research, and today it is home to one of the largest and most active zooarchaeology research teams in the world. Our members work throughout the UK and Europe as well as contributing to projects in America, Asia and Africa, and have research interests that span the period from the Palaeolithic to the recent past.


Understanding Zooarchaeology I

Zooarchaeology leaflet

14th-16th January 2019

A short course for archaeology and heritage professionals, students and enthusiasts.

Animal bones and teeth are among the most common remains found on archaeological sites. Understanding Zooarchaeology I short course uses short lectures, discussions and practical classes to provide an insight into the theory and methods that can be used to understand animal bones in archaeology.

The course is directed to students, professionals and enthusiasts and does not require any previous knowledge. The teaching will be delivered through short lectures and hands-on practical activities.

Prices:
£ 200 (waged) 
£ 140 (student/unwaged) 

£350 (waged) for booking UZI and UZII together
£240 (student/unwaged) for booking UZI and UZII together

Email for further information

Book now online


Provisional Timetable

Day 1 - Monday 14th January 2019                                         

Session Time Theme                                                                                                                                                                                
1 8.30 - 9.15                                                                                                                Registration                                                                                                                                                         
9.15  Introduction and get to know you session 
10.00 Excavation, washing, marking and storage
10.20 - 11.00 Tours of collection 
2 11.00

What can body parts tell us? 

Taphonomy, sieving, meat utility

12.30 Lunch
3 13.30

Identifying animals

Classification 

Examples of changing species trends

14.45 Case study 
15.00 Coffee break 
4 15.20 Pleistocene mammals
15.50-16.45 Birds 
16.45 Q and A overview of day
17.00 End of day 1
Evening  Meal out - please come along if you are free

Day 2 - Tuesday 15th January 2019                                                                                                                                                         

Session Time Theme
5                         9.00 

Ageing animals - Teeth                                                                                                                      

Toothwear and eruption practical                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

10.30 Coffee break
6 11.00

Ageing animals - Post Cranials

Fusion practical 

12.30 Lunch
7 13.30 Identifying fish 
15.00 Coffee break
8 15.20 Case study
15.50 Amphibians and reptiles
16.30 Case study 

16.45

17.00

Q&A overview of the day

End of Day 2

Day 3 - Wednesday 16th January 2019                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                             
Session Time Theme
9 9.00 

Sexing and biometry 

Case study

Coffee break 
10 10.45 - 12.00 Isotopes and Genetics 
Lunch
11 13.00 - 14.15

Quantification 

Bone modification and pathology 

Coffee break
12 14.45 - 16.00 Case study 
13 16.00 - 16.45 Bone quiz 
16.45 - 17.00  Summing up, Q&A overview of course
17.00 End of course 

Understanding Zooarchaeology II

17th-19th January 2019 Zooarchaeology Leaflet

A short course for ideal for those who already have a basic knowledge of zooarchaeology and want to learn more. For professionals, students and enthusiasts.

Animal bones and teeth are among the most common remains found on archaeological sites. Understanding Zooarchaeology I short course uses short lectures, discussions and practical classes to provide training in the theory and methods that can be used to understand animal bones in archaeology.

The course is directed to students, professionals and enthusiasts and does not require any previous knowledge. The teaching will be delivered through short lectures and hands-on practical activities.

Prices:
£200 (waged)
£140 (student/unwaged)

£350 (waged) for booking UZI and UZII together
£240 (student/unwaged) for booking UZI and UZII together

Email for further information

Book now online





Provisional Timetable

Day 1 - Thursday 17th January 2019
Session Time Topic Type of Lesson 
8.30/9.00 Registration desk
9.00/9.10 Introduction
1 9.10/10.30 Sheep and goat 

Theoretical + practical session

How to distinguish sheep from goat

10.30/11.00 Coffee break
2 11.00/12.30 Deer

Theoretical + practical session 

How to distinguish cattle from red deer? An insight into Cervidae family

12.30/13.00 Case study 
13.00/14.00 Lunch break
3 14.00/15.30 Taphonomy

Theoretical + practical or case study

Exploring patterns of taphonomy in assemblage and how to interpret it 

15.30/16.00 Coffee break 
4 16.00/17.20 Recording an assemblage intro Introduction on recording protocol and database, the use of manuals/handouts and the use of the teaching collection
17.20/17.30 End of day 1 Summing up, Q&A overview of the day
Evening 

Meal out - please come along if you are free

Day 2 - Friday 18th January
Session Time Topic Type of lesson
1 9.00/10.30 Biometry

Theoretical + practical or case study

Why is it worth using biometry? What can you do with it?

10.30/11.00 Coffee break
2 11.00/12.00 Biometry
12.00/13.00 Recording an assemblage Practical
13.00/14.00 Lunch break
3 14.00/15.30 Birds

Theoretical + practical session

Identification of the most common birds in archaeological assemblage

15.30/16.00 Coffee break
4 16.00/17.20 Recording an assemblage Practical
17.20/17.30 End of day 2 Summing up, Q&A overview of day

Day 3 - Saturday 19th January 2019
Session Time Topic Type of lesson
1        9.00/10.30 Carnivores

Theoretical + practical

Identification of the most common carnivores in archaeological assemblage

10.30/11.00 Coffee break
2 11.00/12.30 Recording an assemblage Practical
12.30/13.00 Case study
13.00/14.00 Lunch break
3 14.00/15.30 Writing a report/data analysis

How to write a report. What to consider. How to analyse data.

How to present data analysis.

15.30/16.00 Coffee break
4 16.00/17.20 Recording an assemblage Practical
17.20/17.30 End of the course Summing up, Q&A overview of course

Cancellations and refunds

Refund requests should be made by email to zooarch-shortcourse@sheffield.ac.uk, no less than 7 days before the start of the course. We will endeavour to fill the course place, and in the event that a replacement is found a full refund will be made. If a replacement cannot be found a refund of 50% of the course fee will be made for cancellations made more than 7 days before the start of the course. No refund will be made for cancellations made less than 7 days before the course start date. At the discretion of the course organisers, and in exceptional circumstances, participants that are unable to attend can defer their enrolment until the next Zooarchaeology short course.
If you are experiencing any difficulty please contact us as early as possible.