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CBA Festival of British Archaeology: Department of Archaeology Event

CBA Festival of British Archaeology: Department of Archaeology Event

Under the Butcher's Knife

Free day of talks and hands-on activities in association with the CBA Festival of British Archaeology relating to evidence for butchery (food processing, surgery and interpersonal violence) in the archaeological record.


How can the ways in which animals were prepared for consumption tell us about diet and economy in archaeological populations? What can cut marks on the human skeleton tell us about inter-personal violence in the past, and did people survive? What medical treatments were available to sick or injured people in the past? How effective was early surgery, and how were plants used in medical treatments?

These themes will be explored through three talks and an afternoon of hands-on sessions. These practical sessions will enable you to see and handle archaeological remains, guided by researchers within the department. 


Please bring your own lunch.


No registration required!

Please see photos taken at the event (2012)

Please see photos from 2011

Contact Details

Department of Archaeology
Dawson Building
Durham University
South Road


What: Lectures and practicals
Date: 28th of July, 2012
Time: 9:30-16:30
Venue: Dept. of Archaeology

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