Woodland Heritage Festival - Issue 1 - Human Osteology

Welcome to a special edition of the Archaeology and Ale Podcast;

For the next few podcasts we’ll be taking you through the Woodland Heritage Festival. 

The Woodland Heritage Festival was a two-day free public event at the J. G. Graves Woodland Discovery Centre in Sheffield, which had talks and hands-on displays on all kinds of archaeological topics.

These topics included zooarchaeology, ceramics, experimental archaeology, digital archaeology, osteology, iron smelting, copper working, basketry and post-medieval music. 

The talks aimed to explain our archaeological interests in a family-friendly and accessible way, so all of the visitors to the Woodland Heritage Festival could come away with some new information about the past and how we study it. Our youngest attendee was about 18 months old, and we had a lot of children present as it was the first week of the school holidays, so if you have any very young archaeologists in your family they might enjoy this podcast too!

This special edition introduces the topic of Human Osteology, presented by Emma Green, a PhD candidate at the University of Sheffield. 

A few British television programmes were mentioned in the introduction to this talk: for our international listeners, here are some links to the official websites. “Horrible Histories”: http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/shows/horrible-histories

“Time Team” (http://www.channel4.com/programmes/time-team )

“Digging for Britain” (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b014hl0d )

Apologies for the background noise – we were recording in the function room next to the cafeteria at the J. G. Graves Woodland Discovery Centre and it was a very busy day!

Stay tuned for another special edition introducing some more activities at the Woodland Heritage Festival. Next time we’ll be presenting a talk on Digital Archaeology. If you want to find out more about the Festival or Archaeology and Ale, visit the Archaeology in the City website (). Thanks again to the Archaeology Podcast Network for having us.

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