Team Bone in Brno, Czech Republic

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The entrance to the dig site, which was where we both slept and worked.

Roz and Emily headed out to the Czech forest in June 2014 to study the material from Těšetice. The bones and accommodation were right next to the site, which provided the ladies with an excellent understanding of the LBK and Lengyel settlement phases. Roz took some time out from the LBK bones to have a look at the animal remains from Lengyel ring ditch that contained some enormous aurochs and wild boar specimens.

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Roz enjoying the Lengyel material

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The team saw some lovely sunsets in this isolated landscape

The accommodation was rustic however the welcome very warm from Ivana Vostrovská and Hana Uhlířová, who helped us both in our analyses and kindly provided some excellent cooked lunches for us! A top tip from Roz – don’t read Justin Cronin’s The Twelve in a thick Czech forest!

After enjoying a brief visit to nearby Brno Roz then continued to Austria to study the material from Mold at the Natural history Museum in Vienna with Dr. Puctsh.

Roz, Emily and Dagmara in Poland

In May 2014, Roz, Emily and Dagmara headed to Poznan to study Ludwinowo 7, one of the largest assemblages in our study, with an almost complete dominance of cattle. Thanks to Arek Marciniak, Iwona Sobkowiak-Tabaka, Marta Bartkowiak and co. for giving us access to this incredible site and letting us work in your store!

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Penny and Mélanie at the EUROPA conference

Penny and Mélanie have been invited to give a talk at the EUROPA conference held in Cardiff and organised by the Prehistoric Society to celebrate the work  of Prof. Alasdair Whittle. Their joint talk is entitled “Searching for variability in the Linearbandkeramik until the cows come home”.

Iain and Dagmara will be assisting to the conference.

NeoMilk Sampling Trip, Strasbourg

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The fantastic bone lab in Strasbourg, which had one of the best comparative collections that Emily had ever seen. It was an absolute joy to work here.

 

The whole NeoMilk team headed to Strasbourg for our first combined site analysis (ceramics and bone analysis). Two zooarchaeologists on the team, Dr. Roz Gillis and Emily Johnson, demonstrated their methods and stayed in lovely Strasbourg for two weeks to study the assemblages of Bischoffsheim and Rosheim, with the help of Emilie Guttman and Rose-Marie Arbogast.

It was at this first site that Roz and Emily first bonded as researchers and became affectionately known as Team Bone!

 

Veronika in Bristol

Veronika Matlova from the Department of Dairy, Fat and Cosmetic science of the Institute of Chemical Technology (Prague) is visiting the Organic Geochemistry Unit this week.

As her PhD project involves the analyses of sherds from LBK Czech sites, she is coming to the School of Chemistry to learn how to extract and analyse lipid residues from pottery vessels.

 

 

Archaeozoology Strategy Meeting, Paris

In January 2014, a mini-NeoMilk team meeting took place at MNHN, Paris led by Roz Gillis to discuss the archaeozoological methodology and strategy. Later on in the month, Mark Thomas and Pascale Gerbault (UCL) were invited to Paris to work on novel approaches to domesticate animal mortality data based on dental remains. Watch this space for news of the results!

NeoMilk Team bone start up meeting, Paris

A mini-NeoMilk team meeting takes place at MNHN, Paris led by Roz Gillis to discuss the archaeozoological methodology and strategy. Later on in the month, Mark Thomas and Pascale Gerbault (UCL) are invited to Paris to work on novel approaches to domesticate animal mortality data based on dental remains. Watch this space for news of the results!