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.

Understanding Zooarchaeology I

Understanding Zooarchaeology 1

This short course will run for the twelfth time, from the 17th to the 19th of January 2018.

Animal bones and teeth are among the most common remains found on archaeological sites, and this three-day course will provide participants with an understanding of the basic methods that zooarchaeologists use to understand animal bone evidence. During this course participants will begin to develop the skills necessary to: understand the principles of excavating animal bones; care for and store bones after excavation; identify different species from their bones and teeth; age and sex bones; recognize taphonomy, butchery and pathology; understand how zooarchaeological material is analysed and quantified; interpret site reports and zooarchaeological literature. The course is directed to students, professionals and enthusiasts and does not require any previous knowledge of the discipline. The teaching will be delivered through short lectures, hands-on practical activities and case studies.

£ 180 (waged)
£ 120 (student/unwaged)

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Provisional Timetable

Day 1 (Wednesday 17th January 2017)

Session Time Theme Practical
8:00 - 9:15 Registration
1 9:10 - 10:00 Get to know you session
10:00 - 10:20 Excavation, washing, marking and storage
10:20 - 11:00 Tours of collection (allocated groups of 5 people every 10 minutes)
2 11:00 - 12:30 What can body parts tell us? Taphonomy, sieving, meat utility Putting together a skeleton, meat utility assmeblages
3 1:30 - 2:45 Identifying animals - classification, examples of changing species, trends Identifying animals, types of bone
2:45 - 3:00 Case study
Coffee Break
4 3:20 - 3:50 Pleistocene mammals Overview of pleistocene species
3:50 - 4:45 Birds
4:45 - 5:00 Q and A overview of day
Evening - meal out - please come along if you are free

Day 2 (Thursday 18th January 2017)

Session Time Theme Practical
5 9:00 - 10:30 Ageing animals - Teeth Toothwear and eruption
Coffee break
6 11:00 - 12:30 Ageing animals - Post Cranials Fusion practical
7 1:30 - 3:00 Identifying fish Fish identification
Coffee break
8 3:20 - 3:50 Case study
3:50 - 4:30 Amphibians and reptiles
4:30 - 4:45 Case study
4:45 - 5:00 Q and A overview of day

Day 3 (Friday 19th January 2017)

Session Time Theme Practical
9 9:00 - 10:15 Sexing and biometry
10:15  -10:30 Case study
Coffee break
10 11:00 - 12:30 Isotopes and genetics
11 1:30 - 2:30 Quantification
2:30 - 3:20 Bone modification and pathology Show and tell
3:20 - 3:35 Case study
3:35 - 4:30 Bone quiz
4:30 - 5:00 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.
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