NeoMilk at the Neolithic Studies Group Autumn meeting

Part of the NeoMilk team headed to the British Museum in London on Monday 28th November for the Neolithic Studies Group Autumn meeting. The event was organised by our own Roz Gillis and Jess Smyth and entitled “Neolithic food and farming systems”.

Roz Gillis presented the work we recently published in PNAS on early farming communities of the Northern Mediterranean. A multidisciplinary study with archaeolozoological analyses (slaughtering profiles) and lipid residue analyses of pots.

Emily Johnson presented her poster “From animal to archaeologist: profiling sequences of butchery and taphonomy through bone fracture analysis”, co-authored with Pip Parmenter and Alan Outram. This poster was based on the work published this year in JAS reports.

Finally, Mélanie Roffet-Salque presented the NeoMilk team work carried out on the site of Ludwinowo, integrating multiple approaches to get insight into animal management at this LBK site. Co-authors of the talk included Jessica Smyth, Rosalind Gillis, Emily V. Johnson, David T. Altoft, Iain Kendall, Marta Bartkowiak, Marta Osypińska, Joanna Pyzel, Iwona Sobkowiak-Tabaka, Volker Heyd, Arkadiusz Marciniak, Jean-Denis Vigne, Marie Balasse, Alan K. Outram and Richard P. Evershed

We also had the chance to catch up with Penny Bickle (ex-member, now lecturer at the University of York).

That was a lovely day at the British Museum – thank you Roz and Jess for organising and inviting us!

Welcome to our new research analysts!

The NeoMilk team is growing!

Caitlin, Borys and Luke have just started as research analysts in the NeoMilk project. They will be carrying out lipid residue analyses of the pottery sherds we have been sampling all across Europe.

Borys will even be able to work with sherds from his home country (Poland).

Welcome to the team!

Emily at the Taphonomy Working Group meeting, Paris

14614436_10157646805640533_1825641738_oEmily recently attended the fourth meeting of the ICAZ Taphonomy Working Group in Paris to present a just-published paper from the NeoMilk project (Johnson et al. 2016). The meeting was held from the 7th-10th September in the glorious complex belonging to the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle in the  Jardin des Plantes. Emily gave a presentation on new methodology for displaying bone fracture analysis using sequences of fracture freshness, a technique that allows fractures caused by carcass butchering processes, deposition practices and taphonomic factors to be displayed on the same chart. The conference was a brilliant opportunity to meet with colleagues and keep up to date with research, and also to look around some of the amazing museums at lunch break!

Emily’s paper on profiling taphonomic history through bone fracture can be read here for free until the 22 October.

Johnson, E.V., Parmenter, P.C.R., Outram, A.K., 2016. A new approach to profiling taphonomic history through bone fracture analysis, with an example application to the Linearbandkeramik site of Ludwinowo 7, Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 9, 623-629.

NeoMilk at ISBA7 in Oxford

The work carried out during the NeoMilk project was well-represented at the 7th International Symposium on Biomolecular Archaeology held in Oxford this year.

Iain Kendall presented his work on the effect of trophic level on individual amino acid δ15N values in a terrestrial ruminant food chain.

Emmanuelle Casanova shared with us the method she developed for the compound-specific radiocarbon dating of food residues preserved in archaeological pottery vessels.

Finally, Mélanie Roffet-Salque demonstrated the impact of modern feeding practices on the isotopic composition of milk. This work has been published in Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences earlier this year.

The NeoMilk team members were supported by other members of the Organic Geochemistry Unit (Julie Dunne, Simon Hammann, Jamie Lewis, Lucy Cramp).

Jess moves to University College Dublin

Jess_pic-small-300x300After almost 2 years in Bristol as a Research Associate on the NeoMilk project, Jessica is moving to Dublin to start a lectureship at the University College Dublin. We would like to wish her all the best for her new role.

During her time in Bristol, Jess secured the sampling of many archaeological sites and had a key role in designing the project.

However, please be reassured, Jess is still an integral part of the NeoMilk project and will remain in contact with all our collaborators!

#NeoMilkforever!

Roz in Bristol

Picture_RGRoz Gillis visited the Bristol team for 2 days in August. Very nice to catch up and discuss about the exciting results we are all obtaining! Time has come as well to talk about future publications.

NeoMilk at the Festival of Nature

Festival-of-Nature-logoThe Organic Geochemistry Unit was present at the Festival of Nature in Bristol with their Palaeodetectives stand last week-end. Members of the NeoMilk team (Emmanuelle, Iain, David, Isabel and Mélanie) were there to present their research to the general public.

Kids and adults were all very interested by our approach to archaeology.

Our Palaeodetetective game is available online. Happy investigation!

New paper on mortality profiles in JAS

Pascale Gerbault, Roz Gillis, Jean-Denis Vigne, Mark Thomas and colleagues from the MNHN in Paris have just published a paper in JAS.

The article introduces a novel statistically robust way to present and compare mortality profiles in archaeozoology. This new method has been developed as part of the NeoMilk project and will be used extensively during the project.

Congrats all for your lovely work!

David returns to Poland

Last week David returned to Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań and Muzeum Zamek Górków in nearby Szamotuły to sample 352 more potsherds from sites in the region of Kuyavia in north-central Poland. David is undertaking both a wide and intensive analysis of sherds at the Organic Geochemistry Unit, University of Bristol, looking for absorbed organic residues that may inform us of what pottery was being used for and how that relates to early dairying practices in the Neolithic of Central Europe. In July last year David posted about a typical week in the lab for Day of Archaeology, which you can read here.

David extracting lipids from a sherd

David extracting lipids from a sherd

Poznań Market Square and Town Hall

Poznań Market Square and Town Hall