We’re holding a conference! (7th-8th Dec 2020)

The FeedSax project has really been gathering momentum over the last few months, pushing ahead with new analyses and interpretations even as the team members have been adapting to the "new normal". To bring our findings forth into the world, along with the work of colleagues in related fields, we're holding a two-day conference this …

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The sheep of London

Part of the zooarchaeological work on the FeedSax project involves an analysis of sheep pathologies. To place these in a wider context and better understand the underlying causes of pathological changes to teeth and bones in sheep, it was necessary to obtain baseline data from animals of known life histories. Collaboration with the Institute of …

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FeedSax goes to Sheffield

At the end of November three members of the FeedSax team attended the 40th AEA (Association for Environmental Archaeology) autumn conference at the University of Sheffield. Mark McKerracher and Elizabeth Stroud presented posters (‘Data harvesting: towards the digital automation of charred grain analysis’ and ‘Crop rotation during the Early Medieval period: the problems of charring …

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The skeletons of Stafford: a visit to the Potteries Museum, Stoke-on-Trent

Stafford has been chosen as a pilot case study for the FeedSax project. Excavations from within the town have produced good quantities of pollen and archaeobotanical remains as well as a small assemblage of animal bone. The town is also blessed with a rich historical record, which therefore provides an ideal context in which to …

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Open fields past, present and future: a trip to Laxton, Nottinghamshire

England’s 'last open field village’, Laxton in Nottinghamshire, is a landscape shaped by the historic communal farming system and its ongoing modernisation in the 21st century. For FeedSax, and especially the archaeobotanical dimension of the project, Laxton offers the opportunity to study the species composition and ecology of vegetation communities adapted to the existing version …

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