• Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Transitional
  • 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. 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;
  4. analyse vertebrate remains both to differentiate the taxa concerned, and to place them in an overall biological context;
  5. generate primary and secondary data for the analysis of zooarchaeological assemblages; and
  6. write a scientific report based on zooarchaeological material.

Indicative Assessment

Vertebrate identification quiz (2 hours, 30%) [Learning Outcomes 2, 3 and 5]
Recording zooarchaeological data, practical task (20%) [Learning Outcomes 2-5]
Argumentative case study report (1,500 words, 20%) [Learning Outcome 1]
Scientific research report (2,500 words, 30%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 5 and 6]
 

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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 or Biological Anthropology courses. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed or are enrolled in BIAN3011 or BIAN3016.

Prescribed Texts

None prescribed, but several books cover parts of the course, and all will be recommended to the class on the Wattle site.

Fees

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

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4236 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 31 Mar 2020 29 May 2020 In Person N/A

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