Want to Know More About Zooarchaeology?

Registration is now open for Sheffield University Zooarchaeology Short Courses in March 2013!

Animal bones and teeth are among the most common remains found on archaeological sites. Studying archaeological animal bones can give us valuable insights into diet, farming, industry, society and environment in the past.

Over the past two years we’ve had the privilege of introducing over 120 people from commercial archaeological units and museums as well as students and archaeology volunteers from across the world, to zooarchaeological analysis through our three day Zooarchaeology Short Course in Sheffield.

We as a team have loved every minute of it, so in 2013 we are rolling out two new additions to our original Zooarchaeology Short Course. Through short lectures, discussions and hands on practical workshops, these courses will provide practical experience of zooarchaeological methods.

We are running Understanding zooarchaeology I: a short course for archaeology and heritage professionals, students and enthusiasts from 18th – 20th March 2013.

This will be the 6th presentation of this course, which is specifically designed for people with little or no previous experience in zooarchaeology. It is an ideal introduction to zooarchaeology for archaeologists, museum curators and other heritage professionals who come across animal bones and/or zooarchaeological reports in their professional capacity, and want to understand more about this line of evidence. Students are also welcomed and our short course aims to provide a firm basis for further training.

From 21st– 22nd March 2013 we are running an advanced two day short course: Understanding zooarchaeology II, which will build on the content of our basic course. This course will cover the identification of a wider range of species than our introductory course, and will provide participants with experience in recording and analysing a real archaeological assemblage. 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.

Each short course is competitively priced at £165 (waged)/ £110 (unwaged). If you would like to register for either or even both of these courses please follow the “book your place” link on our website. http://www.shef.ac.uk/archaeology/research/zooarchaeology-lab/short-course

But that’s not all! In the summer of 2013 we are also planning to run a new two day short course on marine resources. Keep an eye on our website for more details in due course!

More information about the content of our courses and teaching team, can be found on our website: http://www.shef.ac.uk/archaeology/research/zooarchaeology-lab/short-course

You can e-mail us at: zooarch-shortcourse@sheffield.ac.uk or through the usual contacts section of my website.  For those who use more vogueish communication methods than I do, there’s also an official Facebook page for regular updates https://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/Sheffield-Zooarchaeology-Short-Course/100619023380021

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