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.
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).
A hands-on, lab-based course which will introduce the subject of human osteology using archaeological examples and materials
Led by doctoral researchers in Human Osteology and department staff Dr Petra Verlinden and Dr Elizabeth Craig-Atkins, the course will provide a broad introduction to the skills and techniques of skeletal analysis of archaeological human remains. Ranging from basic anatomy to skeletal pathology, this course is ideal as a taster for people interested in pursuing further study in biological anthropology/human osteology; a refresher for those who have previously worked with archaeological human remains; or an opportunity for amateur enthusiasts to learn more about what goes on in the osteology lab! Benefiting from full access to our world-class teaching collections and facilities, with the expertise of the department’s staff and researchers, the course balances academic quality with friendly, engaging tuition.
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.