Archaeology South-East


ASE Zooarchaeologist at Bone Fracture and Fragmentation Workshop

17 March 2019

One of our zooarchaeologists, Emily Johnson, was recently involved in running a workshop on bone fracture and fragmentation at the University of Exeter.

Emily presenting her PhD research to delegates

This free one-day training workshop, organised by the Centre for HumAnE Bioarchaeology, addressed the analysis of bone fracture types and recording of fragmentation levels in both human and animal remains. The workshop was well attended by human osteologists, zooarchaeologists and forensics specialists from both academic and commercial archaeology.

Attendees try their hand at recording bone fracture freshness data

Emily gave a presentation on her PhD research that involved bone fracture freshness and fragmentation analysis on early Neolithic sites in central Europe. She used this analysis to see how intensively past peoples were using the fat resources found in the bones of animals, but also to help understand deposition, taphonomy and site formation processes. Following a morning of talks, attendees took part in fracture analysis practicals where they could apply what they had learnt.