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Sheffield: Short course: Understanding zooarchaeology 5-7 Sept 2012

posted 20 Jul 2012, 13:11 by Paul Brayford   [ updated 6 Sep 2012, 07:02 ]
Short course designed for archaeology and heritage professionals and enthusiasts, over three days the University of Sheffield team of zooarchaeologists will introduce participants to the methods that can be used to gather information from archaeological animal bones and the relevance of these remains to wider archaeological study. Zooarchaeology is the study of animal remains from archaeological sites. Animal bones and teeth are among the most common remains found on archaeological sites. This material can contribute valuable information to our understanding of how people lived in the past. Among other things animal bones can help to tell us about diet, farming, cooking and eating, trade and industry, social status, ethnicity, beliefs and environment in the past. The course is designed for people with little or no previous experience in zooarchaeology, and is an ideal introduction to the field for archaeologists, museum curators and other heritage professionals who come across animal bones and/or zooarchaeological reports in their professional capacity. Through short lectures, discussions and hands on practical workshops, the course will give the participants practical experience of zooarchaeological methods and will help you to understand the archaeological potential and limitations of zooarchaeology, enhancing your ability to critically interpret archaeological animal bone data. For students the short course will provide a firm basis for further training and is a great opportunity to improve your employability by broadening the types of archaeological evidence you have skills in and experience using. Zooarchaeologists at the early stages of their careers may also be interested. Last few places remaining!

For more information contact: University of Sheffield: Department of Archaeology
Phone: 0114 222 2900

Cost: £165 (Full duration)