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 UK. Our members work throughout the UK and Europe as well as contributing to projects in Asia and Africa, and have research interests that span the period from the Palaeolithic to the recent past.
NEW 17-21st June 2013
Understanding Zooarchaeology I + Marine Resources
17-19th June 2013
20-21st June 2013
Why not attend the Introduction to Human Osteology short course the week following (24th-27th June) and get a 10% discount on all three courses?
Click here for more information about the Super Summer Osteoarchaeology short course package! Book your place on the two-week course with 10% discount here.
Understanding Zooarchaeology I
This course, which is now being run for the sixth time since January 2011, aims to provide an understanding of the basic theory and methods which zooarchaeologists use to understand animal bone evidence. The course will include lectures, discussion and hands on practical classes. Participants will begin to develop the skills necessary to:
• Recognise special/unusual faunal deposits and 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.
There will be ample opportunity during the course to ask questions and discuss the issues raised during each day. However, if you have a particular area of interest that you would like us to cover in more detail, please let us know when you register for the course.
Many people have enjoyed the Zooarchaeology Short Course, including Andrew Lawson who is a Trainee Biological Curator at Manchester Museum. Find out what he thought of the course by reading his blog.
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Understanding Zooarchaeology II
This course will cover the identification of a wider range of species than our introductory short course, including wild British mammals and birds, and the separation of sheep and goats. It will also provide participants with experience in recording and analysing a real archaeological assemblage and putting into practice the full range of skills used by a zooarchaeologist on a daily basis.
As with Understanding Zooarchaeology I, topics will be covered using short lectures and hands-on practical activities, with the option of writing (and receiving feedback on) your own zooarchaeological report as a follow up to the practical two day course.
Understanding Zooarchaeology II is suitable for anyone who has already attended our Understanding Zooarchaeology I course, or who already has a basic knowledge of zooarchaeological methods.
Following the success of the Understanding Zooarchaeology I short course, the Zooarchaeology Team at the Department of Archaeology, University of Sheffield would like to announce a new short course 'Marine Resources'. This two day course can be taken as a stand alone course, or in combination with the Understanding Zooarchaeology I course and provides a more detailed insight into faunal remains associated with human exploitation of coastal environments. The course is heavily based on practical laboratory sessions that provide training in the identification of fish, mollusc, marine bird, crustacean and marine mammal remains. In addition, short lectures address issues of quantification, interpretation as well as introducing interdisciplinary approaches including the study of marine resources via art, fishing gear and isotopic analyses. Cases studies provide examples of how different lines of evidence are brought together to provide an integrated understanding of marine resource exploitation, often as part of a more extensive subsistence strategy, for archaeological sites in Europe.
For each course there will be an optional course meal for participants and tutors at a local restaurant.
Registration for both June courses is now open! Please book your place through our online shop:
17-19th June - Understanding Zooarchaeology I: Book your place
20-21st June - Marine Resources: Book your place
Two-week course! Understanding Zooarchaeology I + Marine Resources + Introduction to Human Osteology. Book here with 10% discount when you book all three!
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NEW Reduced rate accommodation is now available!
Worried about hotel or hostel prices? We have arranged rooms for course participants in local student residences. Both rooms and small self-contained apartments are available. All rooms have a private bath and some have access to shared kitchen. All residences are in the city center, just a short walk or bus/tram ride from the department. Buildings have 24 hour access and wired internet. Prices start at £120 for one week, £220 for two. Please contact Angela (email@example.com) for more information or to book!
Cancellations and refunds
Refund requests should be made by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.