Zooarchaeology Short Courses

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.

History of the British Fauna: wild and domestic vertebrates

British Fauna Short Course Poster

16th - 19th July 2018

The History of the British Fauna: wild and domestic vertebrates short course will run for the first time, from the 16th to the 19th of July 2018. Thematic sessions will be delivered
during the first three days, while a trip to the famous Creswell Crags caves, which also includes a tour of the Ice-Age Museum to learn about our early ancestors and their animals,
has been organised for the last day (optional).

The course aims to provide the participants with a basic knowledge of the development of the British fauna from the Pleistocene to Modern day. Topics such as evolution,zoogeography, domestication, introductions and extinctions will be addressed, including how humans and animals interacted through history. Mammals, birds, fish, amphibians and reptiles will be all included.

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.

£ 200 (waged) / £240 including trip to Creswell Crags
£ 140 (student/unwaged) / £180 including trip to Creswell Crags 

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Provisional Timetable

Day 1 (Monday 16th July) - Chronological Sessions                                              

Session Time Theme                                                                                                                                                                                
1 8.00 - 9.15                                                                                                                Registration                                                                                                                                                         
9.15 - 9.45  30 Minutes - get to know you session 
9.45 - 10.00 Introduction 
10.00 - 11.15 Pleistocene
2 11.45 - 13.00 Late Prehistory and Domestication 
3 14.00 - 15.15 Roman to Medieval 
4 15.45 - 17.00 Modern times
17.00 - 17.15 Q and A overview of the day
17.15 End of Day 1
Evening  Meal out - please come along if you are free

Day 2 (Tuesday 17th July) - Fauna                                                                                                                                                           

5                         9.00 - 10.15 Cervids                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
6 10.45 - 12.00 Carnivores 
7 13.00 - 14.15 Bovids and Suids 
8 14.45 - 16.00 Equids
16.00 - 16.45 Conservation
16.45 - 17.00 Q and A overview of the day
17.00 End of day 2

Day 3 (Wednesday 18th July) - Fauna                                                                      

9 9.00 - 10.15 Fish
10 10.45 - 12.00 Sea Mammals
11 13.00 - 14.15 Amphibians, Reptiles and Small Mammals
12 14.45 - 16.00 Birds
13 16.00 - 16.45 Zooarchaeology - practical with teaching collection 
16.45 - 17.00  Summing up, Q and A overview of course
17.00 End of course for those not going on trip to Creswell Crags

Day 4 (Thursday 19th July) - Optional                                                                                                         

14 9.30

Creswell Crags trip 

Pick up at 9.30

Drop off back at pick up point at 15.00 

(Timings provisional)

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.