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Archaeology & Anthropology Field Schools

Europe - England - Introduction to Human Osteology, Sheffield, S. Yorkshire, England - 2013

Europe - England - Introduction to Human Osteology, Sheffield, S. Yorkshire, England - 2013

Archaeology Field School Location and Dates

Application Deadline
2013-06-14
Start Date 2013-06-24
End Date 2013-06-28



Archaeology Field School Location

Department of Archaeology,
The University of Sheffield,
Northgate House,
West Street,
Sheffield,
South Yorkshire.
UK



Archaeology Field School Tuition

£400/£340 (concession)


Archaeology Field School Room and Board

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 (a.trentacoste@sheffield.ac.uk) for more information or to book!


Archaeology Field School Travel
N/A
Additional Information on Tution/Room and Board/Travel Costs

N/A

Archaeology Field School Description


This course will be taught in our main osteology laboratory using the department’s human skeletal reference collection. We aim to provide 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.

Course Content

Participants will begin to develop skills in:

Understanding of human musculoskeletal anatomy
Understanding the principles of excavating human skeletal material
Recording a skeleton both in the field and the laboratory
Estimating age, sex, and stature
Indentifying key features of both juvenile and adult dentition
Understanding the fundamental characteristics of bone microstructure
Recognising dental and non-dental pathology
Interpreting osteological findings and relating them to the wider archaeological context
Day 1

Practical arrangements and health and safety
Handling remains in the field and laboratory
Introduction to excavating human remains
The human skeleton from an evolutionary perspective
Basic skeletal anatomy, handling major bones and learning diagnostic osteological features
Full skeletal layout
Day 2

Assigning age at death
Biological sex estimation
Adult stature estimation
Demographic analysis and population profiling
Day 3

Overview of human dentition
Identifying deciduous and permanent teeth
Identifying dental and non-dental skeletal pathology
Day 4

Introduction to bone microstructure and thin section analysis
Bone taphonomy
Osteology in context: bringing the dead to life
Day 5

Review of the weeks lectures and activities
Full osteological inventory and assessment

The course will be held at Northgate House, the University of Sheffield’s Archaeology Department on West Street. Northgate House is a five-minute tram-ride from Sheffield Station and a five minute walk from the city centre.

Tea/coffee will be provided but lunch is not included in the price of the course. There is a wide choice of sandwich bars, pubs and restaurants less than two minutes walk from the department.

Accommodation is not provided in the price of this course. However, the course organisers are happy to offer recommendations to suit any budget.

Archaeology Field School Additional Information

Archaeology Field School Type

Laboratory


Time Period

N/A


Field School Setting/Conditions

Laboratory


How is the project area accessed each day

Via the main entrance/reception


What is the daily schedule for the field school

Monday-Friday, 9.30am-5/5.30pm


Number of years this Archaeology Field School has been in operation
2
Is there a professional certification for this field school

Formerly approved by the University of Sheffield


Directors and Instructors

Isabelle Heyerdahl-King: Isabelle gave up a long career in teaching to take a Masters degree in Palaeoanthropology. She is currently Associate Teacher of Palaeoanthropology at the University of Sheffield and is responsible for hominid palaeontology at MSc level. Isabelle is in the final year of research for her own PhD in patterns of Middle Pleistocene hominid variation. Her other research interests include the modern human origins from a morphological perspective and the early settlement of the High Arctic.

Lauren McIntyre: Lauren has worked as a commercial archaeologist since graduating in 2004, working for companies such as ARCUS and Mike Griffiths and Associates. Since completing an MSc in Human Osteology and Funerary Archaeology in 2006, she worked as osteoarchaeologist for On Site Archaeology. As well as this, Lauren has worked on research and community projects teaching excavation techniques and supervising students at Brodsworth Hall, Manor Lodge and New Lodge in Barnsley. She was awarded AHRC funding in 2008 as part of the Knowledge Catalyst Scheme, in order to conduct full osteological analysis of the human bone assemblage from the All Saint´s Fishergate site in York.
Lauren is currently working on her PhD, analysing the complete archive of human skeletal material from Roman York.

Linzi Harvey: Linzi is currently undertaking doctoral research into the dental health of past populations at the University of Sheffield. She has worked in commercial archaeology for over 10 years, and has excavated and handled human remains from a variety of sites, ranging from prehistoric to post-medieval. Linzi supplements her academic research by working on an ad hoc basis for archaeology units providing assessments of skeletal assemblages for client reports. She also demonstrates musculo-skeletal human anatomy through dissection for the MSc course in Osteology.

Her PhD research is focused on the dental health of past populations and how dental health might affect or be affected by overall health. This involves looking at all of the dental remains from the York Barbican assemblage currently held at the University, assessing them for a variety of health indicators. The overall health of each individual is also being recorded.

Linzi is a current member of the British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteology (BABAO) and the International Association for Paleodontology (IAPO).

Tom Booth: Tom Booth is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Sheffield Department of Archaeology. Tom holds a BSc in Archaeological Science and an MSc in Human Osteology and Funerary Archaeology, both from the University of Sheffield and has worked on a number of archaeological projects both in the UK and abroad, including the excavation of a medieval cemetery near the village of San Giovanni D’Asso, Italy. Tom specialises in the analysis of bone microstructure and the use of in situ observations of skeletal articulation to infer aspects of funerary ritual. For his PhD thesis Tom is investigating whether patterns of diagenetic attack observed within the microstructure of archaeological bone can be used to aid reconstructions of mortuary rituals, particularly in the British prehistoric periods.


Specialized skills you will have the opportunity to learn

Participants will begin to develop skills in:

Understanding of human musculoskeletal anatomy
Understanding the principles of excavating human skeletal material
Recording a skeleton both in the field and the laboratory
Estimating age, sex, and stature
Indentifying key features of both juvenile and adult dentition
Understanding the fundamental characteristics of bone microstructure
Recognising dental and non-dental pathology
Interpreting osteological findings and relating them to the wider archaeological context


On rain days will there be lab work?

Yes!



Will there be additional organized activities?

No


Is travel restriced during free time?

No



Archaeology Field School Contact Information and Website

Field School Website: http://sheffield.ac.uk/archaeology/research/osteology-lab/five-day

Field School Contact Information



Lauren McIntyre

Department of Archaeology,
The University of Sheffield,
Northgate House,
West Street,
Sheffield,
South Yorkshire.
UK

++44 (0)114 2222948



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