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The YEAR Centre (UK)
The YEAR (York Experimental Archaeological Research) Centre is affiliated with BioArCh, Department of, the University of York. We are concerned with , public outreach and specialised academic research on the production, function and meaning of material culture. We are currently running an MA Research Skills Module on .
Our research covers all archaeological periods but has a primary focus on European prehistory, in particular questions surrounding subsistence, cuisine,, , organic residue detection and . Our primary aim is to advance understandings of past material culture by building theories using empirical data from practical experimentation. Experiments take place in our large outdoor workspace, the YEAR Centre,located on campus. A number of our experiments require microscopic and biomolecular research, with samples transferred from the YEAR Centre to nearby BioArCh laboratories: fostering stronger links between laboratory and field. We are in the process of developing a large comparative reference collection of experimentally used tools for microwear and residue analysis research, with the aim of becoming the UK’s leading centre for functional analysis of and organic artefacts. We pride ourselves on providing a friendly and productive work where students, staff and public can come together to share in the experience of making things.
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication [communication] reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.
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