Sheffield University New Short Courses

Registration is now open for our Understanding Zooarchaeology I and Human and Animal Remains: a comparative approach short courses, which will take place in the Department of Archaeology, University of Sheffield, in September 2016.

These courses are an ideal introduction or refresher for anyone with an interest in the field.

Understanding Zooarchaeology I: 12th-14th September 2016
Human and Animal Remains: a Comparative Approach: 15th-16th September 2016


£180/£120 (concession) each course

£330/£220 (concession) for both courses

The courses will include lectures, discussions and hands on practical
classes. Participants will begin to develop the skills necessary to:

Zooarchaeology I
• 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.
• Recognise taphonomy, butchery and pathology.
• Understand how zooarchaeological material is analysed and quantified.

Human and Animal Remains: a Comparative Approach

  • Distinguish between human and other bones from archaeological contexts by using macroscopic and microscopic analyses, along with a reference to biomolecular investigations.
  • Trace the evolutionary paths taken by different animal species, including humans.
  • Explore and compare the different methodologies and research approaches used by human osteoarchaeology, zooarchaeology and forensic science in studying a bone assemblage.
  • Understand the treatment and recovery of human and other animal bones.
  • Recognise differences and similarities in the taphonomical processes that both human and animal bones undergo.

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