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!

Last NeoMilk mission for Roz in Poing, Munich

My last mission for NeoMilk and I was filled with great hope to study some well- preserved sites from Bavaria. My list included the site of Langenreichen which was a single house occupied for two generations. However, given the acidic soil types in this region the material was not very abudant! In fact the single house could fit into a mobile phone box. It took me three days to study three sites and look through the boxes for another site which has no teeth to record. The other two sites I did study were Wickenpoint and Stephansposching, two very different sites with interesting results. Thank you to Britte, Dr. Henriette Obermaier and Prof. Joachim Pechtl for all their help and kindness in Poing.

Air France CGD terminal roof

Air France CDG terminal roof

Wickenpoint

Wickenpoint

Last night in Poing

Last night in Poing

 

 

Emily and Jess visit Hungary

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Emily working in the bone store in Eger

In July Emily and Jessica returned to Hungary to sample sites from both regions of the Hungarian Neolithic – the Great Plain and Transdanubia. Jessica examined and sampled pottery from the Early Neolithic Körös site of Tiszaszőlős-Domaháza, the Alföld LBK settlements of Apc-Berekalja I and Füzesabony-Gubakút, material from the Szakálhát pits at Tiszaug-Vasútállomás, as well as pottery from the Transdanubian LBK site of Tolna-Mözs and the fascinating ‘hybrid’ LBK/Vinča site of Szederkény-Kukorica-dűlő. Emily performed fracture and fragmentation analysis on the Neolithic bone from Apc-Berekalja and Füzesabony-Gubakút. Battling near 40 degree heat and enormous thunderstorms these intrepid NeoMilkers did not waver from their mission, analysing almost 6 thousand fragments of bone and hundreds of bags of potsherds all in the name of science!

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Children (and adults) cool off in the fountain in beautiful Dobó Square. It took every ounce of willpower for Emily not to join in!

 

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!