31st March 2021: MSc Bioarchaeology, University of Exeter

If you are interested in a masters in zooarchaeology that also allows advanced training human remains and coverage of biomolecular techniques and experimental methods, check out the MSc in Bioarchaeology (Zooarchaeology) is open for applications for Sept 2021 start.

For info you can contact Alan Outram ( Or Naomi Sykes (

26th March 2021: MSc Osteoarchaeology, University of Sheffield

The recruitment for the students for the MSc Osteoarchaeology programme at the University of Sheffield for the academic year 2021-22 is now open. See the web and Facebook for details.

The programme combines the study of human and animal bones from archaeological sites. Students will receive training in both disciplines but can eventually specialise in one or both as well as proving an important grounding for stable isotopic studies. They will be taught through lectures, seminars and, mostly, lab-based practicals; they will have full access to our human and animal bone reference collections, which rank among the best in the world.

For further details, please email Umberto ( or Angela (

February 2021: New coordinator for SIWG!

On a slow car carry to Penang (Malaysia).

Hi! My name is Roz Gillis and I am the new coordinator for the stable isotope working group for ICAZ (SIWG). I have been using stable carbon, oxygen and nitrogen isotopes to investigate prehistoric herding practices, such as weaning to increase milk production and, foddering and pasturing practices. Reconstructing animal diets provides an insight into how the first herders cared for their herds while allowing for an investigation into the impact of herding on local environments. In light of the UN 2030 Sustainable development goals, recently my research has become more focused on building multi-stable isotope perspectives to measure long-term impact of herding on environments and societal development, creating a means for the past to help inform the future. Please contact me if you want to contribute to SIWG blog, or are interested in hosting a meeting for SIWG.