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).
The Understanding Zooarchaeology I short course will run for the twelfth time, from the 17th to the 19th of January 2018. Animal bones and teeth are among the most common remains found on archaeological sites, and this three-day course will provide participants with an understanding of the basic methods that zooarchaeologists use to understand animal bone evidence. During this course participants will begin to develop the skills necessary to: understand the principles of excavating animal bones; care for and store bones after excavation; identify different species from their bones and teeth; age and sex bones; recognize taphonomy, butchery and pathology; understand how zooarchaeological material is analysed and quantified; interpret site reports and zooarchaeological literature. 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.