I’ve recently given my website a bit of a spring-clean (yes, I know it’s autumn). The changes may not be obvious at first glance but I don’t think there’s a single page that hasn’t had at least one change made to it, even if that means simply updating my publications. The two most notable changes are the addition of small new features: in the book shop I’ve added a category for books I’ve reviewed for journals; staying on that theme, I wondered if a more readily accessible source of reviews of archaeology books may be of interest to some people. The second feature then, is my small contribution to just that: I’ve added a link from the homepage to my “archaeology” shelf on GoodReads. This provides access to all of the archaeology books I’ve reviewed and rated.
The zooarchaeology group at Sheffield have also been busy updating their webpages recently. Part of this update involved posting the dates for the next short course, which will run from 18th-20th March 2013. The eagle-eyed may notice that the title of the course has now changed. This does not reflect any changes to the content of the course but rather reflects wider developments: the course is now called “Understanding Zooarchaeology I: an introductory short course for professionals, students and enthusiasts” and precedes “Understanding Zooarchaeology II: an advanced short course for archaeology and heritage professionals, students, and enthusiasts”. This new 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 run from 21st-22nd March 2013 and 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 and is open to anybody who has already attended that first course or who already has comparable experience. I’ll be teaching on both courses.