• Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Biological Anthropology
  • Areas of interest Archaeology, Biological Anthropology

This course equips biological anthropology and archaeology students with fundamental skills for the analysis of vertebrate remains in archaeological sites. Through weekly lectures, the course covers theory and practical skills for the identification of those vertebrates most commonly found in archaeological sites, including wild and domestic species of mammals, birds, reptiles and fish. The course also addresses the study of changes resulting from human-animal interactions, as well as the taphonomic aspects comprising the preservation and recovering of zooarchaeological assemblages. The practical part of the course focuses on the identification of teeth and bones of wild and domestic animals, including the development of the skills to generate zooarchaeological reports in a professional manner.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. explain and discuss the different theories proposed in the study of vertebrate remains;
  2. recognise and identify (giving reasons) skeletal elements;
  3. demonstrate an ability to transfer their skills to a practical context; and
  4. conduct a taphonomical analysis of zooarchaeological assemblages.

Indicative Assessment

Vertebrate identification, practical quiz (2 hours; 40%) [ Learning Outcomes 2 and 3]
Recording zooarchaeological data, practical task (30%) [Learning Outcomes 2, 3 and 4 ]
Case study report based on background readings (2,000 words, 30%) [Learning outcome 1]
 

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Workload

130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 12 hours of lectures and 24 hours of laboratories/tutorials; and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 12 units of Archaeology (ARCH) or Biological Anthropology (BIAN) courses. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have completed or enrolled in BIAN 3011 or BIAN6518

Preliminary Reading

Lyman, R.L., 1994. Vertebrate Taphonomy. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge
O’Connor, T. 2000. The archaeology of animal bones. Texas A&M University Press, Texas.
Reitz, E. J., & Elizabeth, S. Wing. 2008. Zooarchaeology. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. 2nd edition. 
Russell, N. 2011. Social Zooarchaeology: Humans and animals in Prehistory. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

Majors

Minors

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
2
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $3840
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $5460
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8386 27 Jul 2020 03 Aug 2020 31 Aug 2020 30 Oct 2020 In Person N/A

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