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Archaeology & Anthropology Field Schools

Europe - England - 5 Day Introduction to Human Osteology at The University of Sheffield - 2012

Europe - England - 5 Day Introduction to Human Osteology at The University of Sheffield - 2012

Archaeology Field School Location and Dates

Application Deadline
2012-08-31
Start Date 2012-09-10
End Date 2012-09-14


Multiple Session information

N/A


Archaeology Field School Location

The Department of Archaeology,
The University of Sheffield,
Northgate House,
West Street,
Sheffield,
South Yorkshire,
United Kingdom
S1 4ET.

Archaeology Field School Tuition and Credits

Sponsoring College/Institution

N/A


Academic Credit

N/A


Archaeology Field School Tuition

£400 (waged), although there are a limited number of concessionary places priced at £340 (unwaged/student).


Archaeology Field School Room and Board

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

The price of the field school only covers tuition fees. If participants have questions regarding travel and accommodation, the course directors are happy to make recommendations to suit any budget.

Archaeology Field School Description


The University of Sheffield Department of Archaeology has a long history of teaching and research in human osteology. Members of our current research team have a wealth of professional and practical experience, and have worked extensively on projects in the UK and Europe, as well as other areas of the world. Our combined research interests cover a variety of subjects and time periods, from early hominid evolution to post medieval cemetery populations.

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.

Classes will be a mixture of lectures, practical sessions and guided discussion.

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

Course venue
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.

Registration for this course is now open.

Cancellations and Refunds
Refund requests should be made by email to the course organisers, 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.
If you are experiencing any difficulty please contact us as early as possible.

Archaeology Field School Additional Information

Archaeology Field School Type

Human Osteology field school.


Time Period

The course will utilise human skeletal remains from our large reference collection, which covers time periods from early prehistory until the 19th century.


Field School Setting/Conditions

This course will be taught in our main osteology laboratory in the Department of Archaeology, using the department’s human skeletal reference collection. The Department is located in Sheffield city centre and is easily accessible by public transport. We are also in walking distance of many of most city centre amenities.


How is the project area accessed each day

The Department is located in Sheffield city centre and is easily accessible by public transport. We are also in walking distance of many of most city centre amenities. The Department is accessible by buzzing reception, who will allow entry to our building.


What is the daily schedule for the field school

The field school will run from Monday 10th to Friday 14th September, with days starting at 10am and ending at approximately 5pm.


Number of years this Archaeology Field School has been in operation
0
Is there a professional certification for this field school

N/A


Directors and Instructors

The field school directors are Lauren McIntyre and Isabelle Heyerdahl-King. Lauren and Isabelle will be teaching the majority of the course, with extra instruction provided by Linzi Harvey and Tom Booth.

Lauren McIntyre: Lauren has worked as a commercial archaeologist since graduating from her BA in Archaeology and Prehistory in 2004, and has worked 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 an osteoarchaeologist for On Site Archaeology.

As well as this, Lauren has worked on a number of research and community projects teaching excavation techniques and supervising students at sites including Brodsworth Hall in Doncaster, Manor Lodge in Sheffield 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 medieval churchyard of 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, and continues to work as Associate Osteologist for On Site Archaeology. Lauren is also a member of the British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteology (BABAO).


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.


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.

Linzi is a current member of the British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteology (BABAO) and the International Association for Paleodontology (IAPO). She also writes a blog about her day to day adventures with teeth, called `Teething Problems´.


Tom Booth: Tom 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
•Identifying 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?

All work will be undertaken in the laboratory.


Will there be additional organized activities?

There are no plans for extra-curricular activities at this moment.

Social activities will be arranged when everyone arrives.


Will there be additional organized activities?

N/A


Is travel restriced during free time?

No



Other resources students will find useful

More information can be found on our web page (see the link), as can our online shop where you can register for the course. If you would like more information about this course, please email Lauren at l.j.mcintyre@sheffield.ac.uk or Isabelle at prp09lsh@sheffield.ac.uk

Archaeology Field School Contact Information and Website

Field School Website: http://www.shef.ac.uk/archaeology/news/events/human-osteology5day

Field School Contact Information



Lauren McIntyre
The Department of Archaeology,
The University of Sheffield,
Northgate House,
West Street,
Sheffield,
South Yorkshire,
United Kingdom
S1 4ET.

Tel: 00441142222948



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