Workshop: Ivory Identification, Cambridge UK

When: 9:00- 5:30 Sep 21, 2018 

Where: Department of Archaeology, University of Cambridge

Contact: James H. Barrett

Attendees: Although a free event, pre-registration (by email: [email protected]) is essential

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The Ivory Identification 2018 event, led by Dr Sonia O’Connor (overview and terrestrial mammals) and Dr James H. Barrett (sea mammals), will be held at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge.

Combining presentations and practicals, raw materials and finished objects, this one-day workshop will teach the basics of ivory identification using optical methods. At a time of intense concern regarding the fate of the world’s ivory-yielding animals, and deepening understanding of the antiquity of global ivory trade, the event is offered free-of-charge to student and professional archaeologists, archaeological scientists, conservation biologists, museum curators and conservators.

Sonia O'Connor, of the Universities of Bradford and York, is one of Britain's leading experts in the optical identification of ivory and osseous tissues.

James H. Barrett, of the University of Cambridge, studies ecological globalisation and historical ecology. He is a specialist in the medieval trade of northern products, including walrus and whale ivory.