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Summer Osteoarchaeology Short Courses

Location: Sheffield, United Kingdom

June 17, 2013 to June 28, 2013

Session dates: 
June 17-28, 2013

Application Deadline: 
Sunday, June 16, 2013

Program Type

Field school

RPA certified



University of Sheffield

Project Director:

University of Sheffield Osteology & Zooarchaeology Labs

Project Description

For the first time, the University of Sheffield Archaeology Department is offering its popular human and animal bone short courses in a 2-week Super Package! This suite of courses is specially designed to introduce participants to the study of human and animal remains. Sheffield has a long history of teaching and research in osteoarchaeology, and members of our current research teams have a wealth of professional and practical experience. We have worked extensively on projects in the UK and Europe, as well as in other areas of the world. Courses are lab-based are take place in Osteology and Zooarchaeology labs. Teaching emphasizes practical experience, and students have ample opportunity to handle skeletal material. 

The human and animal bone labs have teamed up to offer both our human and animal bone courses back to back from JUNE 17-28, 2013. Participants have come from throughout the UK, Europe, North America and Australia for our courses, and we hope to make it easier than ever to attend our Super Short Course Package. For this summer we'll be offering:
- a 10% reduction in fees for those attending all 3 courses
- reduced accommodation/hotel rates
- possibility to visit local sites of osteological interest
- detailed info on international travel to Sheffield & short breaks in the UK

The short courses included in our Super Package are:

This short course introduces participants to the method and theory of zooarchaeology through a program specifically designed for those with little or no experience in animal bones. It is an ideal starting point for archaeologists, students, museum curators, heritage professionals, and natural history enthusiasts who encounter animal bones and/or zooarchaeological reports in their research or professional capacities. Equally, the course provides a firm basis for students interested in pursuing further training. Through three days of short lectures, discussions, case studies, and hands-on practical work, Understanding Zooarchaeology I offers a solid introduction to the identification of animal bones, the theory and methods behind zooarchaeology, and the uses and limitations of this form of evidence. 
Fee: £180 (£120 student/unwaged)

MARINE RESOURCES [ June 20-21, 2013 ]
The Marine Resources course provides 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 and interpretation, and introduce interdisciplinary approaches to 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. Of particular relevance to coastal enthusiasts, archaeologists, environmental scientists, and biologists, the course is open to people of all levels, and it can be taken as a stand alone course, or in combination with the the other courses. 
Fee: £180 (£120 student/unwaged)

This 5 day course provides participants with an overview of human skeletal anatomy and a variety of osteological methods, in order to convey understanding and recognition of standard osteological practice and help participants gain confidence when dealing with human skeletal material. Participants will gain an understanding of the principles of excavating and recording human skeletal material, estimating age, sex, and stature, recognizing pathologies, understanding bone microstructure, and interpreting osteological findings and relating them to the wider archaeological context. The course suitable for those working in outdoor occupations, the rescue services, field archaeology and museums, or students and for those wanting a taster course in human osteology.
Fee: £400 (£340 student/unwaged)

Courses may be taken individually or together as our Super Package. You can also find out more information about the course package at our official web page:

Period(s) of Occupation: Uses case studies from the Paleolithic, Neolithic, Bronze Age, Iron Age, Roman and Medieval period

This suite of courses is specially designed to introduce participants to the study of human and animal remains.

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Any

Minimum age: 

Experience required: 

Room and Board Arrangements

Rooms are arranged individually. For those staying for two weeks, we will be working with local student accommodation providers to supply participants with reduced rates on local apartments.

Academic Credit

Name of institution offering credit: 
University of Sheffield
Number of credits offered Certificate of completion
£684 (£522 for students)


Contact Information
Lauren McIntyre
Department of Archaeology, University of Sheffield, Northgate House, West Street
United Kingdom
S1 4ET