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Zooarchaeology Collection Assistant
About the placement/internship

Why did you decide to do a placement/internship?

This placement was an amazing opportunity to work more closely with animal bones, which is something I want to do professionally.

How did you find your placement/internship?

Through my supervisors at the university.

Main responsibilities

Implementing a system of marking of the teeth, focused on the deer collection.

Typical day

I started with making sure all the bones in the tray are the ones of the corresponding specimen - if not then they were removed from the tray and I tried to find out where they belong. If there were no mistakes I would search for teeth that needed marking. I have focused on marking left sides of the skulls and loose teeth only, where possible.

What did I enjoy about my placement/internship?

I got to work closely with the animal's remains on daily basis. This placement helped me develop my skills to a further extent.

Challenging aspects

At the beginning, where I needed to devise my own system of doing things.

Did you use any skills learned from your course?

I used many skills I acquired as a Osteoarchaeology student. Especially from Zooarchaeology classes where we focused on the bones, and namely teeth - which is something this placement focused on and even though there was still a lot to learn when I started it gave me a good base to work on.

Has your time on placement influenced your future career choice?

This placement only solidified the fact that I want to work as a zooarchaeologist.

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Form completed: 15 Jun 2022

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