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A tribute to the life and work of Dr Nick Fieller

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Tuesday 20 February 2018, 04:30pm

Location Room I-19, Hicks Building, The University of Sheffield, Hounsfield Road, Sheffield S3 7RH

Join the Sheffield Local Group in a tribute to Nick Fieller, a member of staff at the University of Sheffield from 1974 until his retirement in 2012, a long-standing fellow of the RSS, and an active member of the local RSS committee until just prior to his death in 2017.

The meeting will start with memories of Nick, continue with a seminar given by Dr Michael Wallace from the Department of Archaeology at The University of Sheffield, and end with a drinks reception.

A geometric morphometric view of early agriculture - Michael Wallace

Nick Fieller had a long and rich history of collaboration with several colleagues in the Department of Archaeology, and Michael was fortunate enough to work with him on the ERC project 'The Evolutionary Origins of Agriculture' (PI: Prof, Glynis Jones).

The switch from a mobile hunter-gatherer way of life to one based on settled agriculture was perhaps the most fundamental change in the development of our species, and the subsequent spread of agriculture required the use of crops in environments far outside their natural distribution. A key element of the ERC project was to pioneer the use of geometric modern morphometrics (GMM) for the study of ancient crop remains (primarily cereal grains). GMM allows us to enhance our exploration of past crop remains by quantifying the variation within a crop species, which in turn can offer new insights into ancient crop selection.

In this seminar, Michael will discuss some of the key research themes to which GMM can contribute in archaeobotany, the implementation of morphometrics using Vincent Bonhomme's "Momocs' (which was expanded as part of the ERC project), and some of the ongoing research that explores the origins and spread of agriculture.

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Organiser Name Sara Hilditch

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