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Archaeology

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Welcome to the Department of Archaeology

 As members of one of the largest Archaeology Departments in the country, we are proud to offer:

- A wide ranging undergraduate programme providing you with choice and the opportunity to obtain a range of skills in humanities and science based studies.

- An invigorating research environment, providing high quality postgraduate research training and a challenging doctoral programme.

- Active involvement in the public access to archaeological research.

- A friendly and supportive working environment.

Archaeology

ArchAtlas Donation

ArchAtlas Donation

Description

If you have found the ArchAtlas website interesting or useful for research or teaching, would you be willing to make a small contribution to help us maintain and develop it further? We would like to be able to greatly increase the number and geographical range of sites on the digital atlas (http://www.archatlas.dept.shef.ac.uk/atlas/atlas.php) and add information relating to these, and eventually to develop an explanatory section on prehistoric 'culture' names which will show their spatial and chronological dimensions and examples of typical artefact assemblages. We would also like to continue to publish 'visual essays', both commissioned and unsolicited, on ArchAtlas Journal (http://www.archatlas.dept.shef.ac.uk/journal/journal.php).

ArchAtlas is a web-orientated archaeological mapping project, designed to be of use both for research and teaching purposes.  It was founded by the late Prof. Andrew Sherratt and has been hosted by the Department of Archaeology in Sheffield since 2005.  The electronic journal (ArchAtlas Journal) publishes 'visual essays' on a wide range of archaeological problems and themes, particularly ones in which spatial processes are important.  Examples of such themes are the spread of farming, the formation of trade contacts, the growth of urban systems.  Another aspect of the website is a digital archaeological atlas, in which we would like eventually to include information about environments, cultures and chronologies as well as sites themselves.  The website also explores different ways of visualising sites, for example at different scales, within their wider environmental contexts, within the contexts of route networks, or as panoramas.

ArchAtlas makes all of its content freely available to everyone, and we would like to maintain this open-access model.  The website is currently maintained by a very small, part-time, unpaid team of two.  We need to raise funds to develop ArchAtlas further, which will mean purchasing some new dedicated equipment and funding paid research assistance in digital mapping, web development and database development. We aim, in particular, to greatly increase the number and geographical range of sites on the digital atlas (all co-ordinates have to be individually verified first for accuracy), and to increase the amounts of information relating to these.  In the near future, we would also like to add a section containing a glossary of prehistoric 'culture' names, displayed in both spatial and time dimensions and linked to typical artefact assemblages.

For more information please see: http://www.archatlas.dept.shef.ac.uk/Home.php

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Little Carlton Archaeology Field School

Little Carlton Archaeology Field School

Description

The field school is available as two 2-week long sessions. Each of these costs £500 and are inclusive of food camping etc. Students may apply for one or both sessions.

For more information, please click HERE

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Understanding Zooarchaeology II and Exploring Palaeoenvironments Short Course

Understanding Zooarchaeology II and Exploring Palaeoenvironments Short Course

Description

Understanding Zooarchaeology II course will provide participants with an understanding of the basic methods that zooarchaeologists use to understand animal bone evidence. The course is directed to students, professionals and enthusiasts and does not require any previous knowledge of the discipline. The teaching will be delivered through short lectures, hands-on practical activities and case studies.

The Understanding Zooarchaeology II short course has previously run twice, receiving excellent feedback. This year the course will last three days, and will be ideal for those who already have a basic knowledge of Zooarchaeology and want to learn more. In particular it will focus on more specialized issues related to the discipline such as the distinction between similar species like sheep and goat, and deer and cattle. The course will also cover the identification of the most common species of birds and carnivores from archaeological sites, combined with specific sessions about taphonomy and biometry. The Understanding Zooarchaeology II course will cover current methods of analysis and will introduce the participants on how to write a report on a faunal assemblage.

Exploring Palaeoenvironments course. This course, organised for the second time, is the result of the joint efforts of zooarchaeologists, archaeobotanists and geoarchaeologists from our department. The geological evidence and the organic remains recovered from archaeological sites are complementary indicators of the environmental conditions faced by past communities; when these indicators are thoroughly analysed and integrated, they have the potential of providing a detailed reconstruction of the environment and landscape in which people lived and moved. The Exploring Palaeoenvironments course will introduce participants to the different approaches and types of analyses employed by specialists of these related sub-disciplines. Both Understanding Zooarchaeology II and Exploring Palaeoenvironments courses are directed to students, professionals and enthusiast. The teaching in both courses will be delivered through short lectures, hands-on practical activities and case studies.

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Vagnari Field School

Vagnari Field School

Description

Excavations by the University of Sheffield focus on the central village of a Roman imperial estate, exploring evidence for agricultural production, manufacturing, and consumption to gain an understanding of elite involvement in the exploitation of the landscape and the control over labour. 

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Archaeology Key Deposits

Archaeology Key Deposits

£10.00

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Archaeology Key Deposits
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Altered feldspar of a granitic rock fragment (photo by M. del Pino)

Introduction to Ceramic Petrography Short Course

£600.00

Description

Ceramics are the most abundant material found during archaeological excavation. Have you ever been curious to know what you can understand beyond typology, chronology and style? The ‘Introduction to Ceramic Petrography’ short course aims to provide participants with an understanding of the potential of thin section petrography in the integrated study of archaeological ceramic materials. During this course participants will learn how to use the polarised light optical microscope, to identify rocks and minerals in thin section, and to analyse ceramic thin sections to understand issues of provenance and technology. The aim is for course participants to be critical consumers of the growing body of literature on the petrography of archaeological ceramics.

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