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ESF workshop "Archaeology of Sheep Domestication: New Approaches”, London 18-19 maggio.

ESF Exploratory Workshop

Archaeology of Sheep domestication: new approaches

Preliminary programme


Sunday, 16 May – arrival

Monday, 17 May

9.30-9.45         Welcome by the Director of the UCL Institute of Archaeology, Stephen Shennan

9.45-10.00      Introduction by the organisers


Session 1         Wool textiles

10.00--10.30   Early evidence for wool

Irene Good, Harvard University, USA

10.30-11.00    From raw wool to textile: stages of production

Linda Olofsson, Sweden                 

11.00-11.30     The impact of processing methods on analysis of woollen textiles from the archaeological record: points for discussion

                        Carol Christiansen, Shetland Museum and Archives, UK

11.30-12.00    Archaeology of wool textiles

Margarita Gleba, University College London, UK

12.00-13.00    Lunch


Session 2         Archaeozoology of sheep and written sources

13.00-13.30     Archaeological and archaeozoological evidence of the early
domestication of sheep in the Near East and Europe

Jean-Denis Vigne, CNRS, Paris, France

13.30-14.00     Arrival of sheep in Italy and Sardinia and their development during prehistory

Barbara Wilkens, University of Sassari, Italy

14.00-14.30     Sheep breed development in Roman times: Integration of Archaeozoological, Ancient Textual and Artistic Evidence

                        Michael MacKinnon, University of Winnipeg, Canada

14.30-15.00    TBA

Françoise Rougement, CNRS

15.00-15.30    Coffee


Session 3         Wool fibre

15.30-16.00     Identification of ancient fibres using modern microscopy and diffraction techniques

                        Bodil Holst, Bergen University, Norway

16.00-16.30    SEM fibre analyses: methods, results and limits

Antoinette Rast-Eicher, Archeotex, Switzerland

16.30-17.00    Hair biology and fibre ultrastructure

                        Andrew S. Wilson, University of Bradford, UK

17.00-17.30    The dyeing of wool: dyes, dye methods and degradation

Ina Vanden Berghe, Belgium

17.30-18.00    General discussion

Tuesday, 18 May

Session 4         Isotopic tracing

9.00-9.30         Latest advances with isotopes on sheep during the early stages of domestication

                        Carlos Tornero, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain

9.30-10.00      TBA

                        David Meiggs, University of Wisconsin, USA

10.00-10.30    Strontium isotope analysis and wool provenance

Karin Margarita Frei, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

10.30-11.00     A multiple light stable isotope approach to medieval wool samples: what can we learn about trade and sheep husbandry?

                        Isabella von Holstein, University of York, UK

11.00-11.30    Coffee


Session 5         New methods

11.30-12.00     Potential of Proteomics for the Identification and Characterisation of Wool in Ancient Textiles

                        Caroline Solazzo, University of York, UK

12.00-12.30    Modern primitive sheep breeds and sheep domestication

Miika Tapio, International Livestock Research Institute, Kenya

12.30-13.00    Using retrovirus integrations to reveal sheep domestication

                        Massimo Palmarini, University of Glasgow, UK

13.00-14.00    Lunch


Session 6         DNA and sheep domestication

14.00-14.30    The Sheep Genome Project, what it means for wool

John McEwan, AgResearch, NewZealand

14.30-15.00    Evolutionary genomics and sheep domestication

Anders Götherström, Uppsala University, Sweden

15.00-15.30     DNA survival in modern and ancient wool, and implications for bioarchaeology

Tom Gilbert, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

15.30-16.00    Coffee


16.00-17.30    General discussion and planning of future collaboration



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