- Code BIAN8009
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Biological Anthropology
- Areas of interest Earth and Marine Sciences, Archaeology, Biological Anthropology, Forensic Anthropology , Asia Pacific Studies More...
- Academic career PGRD
- Dougald O'Reilly
- Mode of delivery In Person
Spring Session 2020
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This course provides an overview of the principle stable isotope techniques applied within archaeology and biological anthropology. The course will proffer a background to the principles underlying the main stable isotopic techniques used in archaeology (δ13C, δ15N, δ18O and 87Sr/86Sr) as well as more advanced techniques and concepts. There will also be discussion of archaeological applications including, for example, the use of stable isotopes to understand early farming practices or Palaeolithic lifeways. The focus will be on evaluating the quality of the dataset and whether it can answer specific archaeological/ anthropological questions posed.
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:
- Explain and describe the application and use of stable isotopes in archaeological and biological anthropological scientific research
- Understand and apply the principles and methods underpinning stable isotope analysis
- Construct scientific hypotheses in stable isotope research
- Critically assess published isotopic datasets archaeological or biological anthropological contexts
Indicative AssessmentShort answer test (25%) (LO 1)
Essay 5000 words (75%, LOs 2-3)
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Workload130 hrs of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of lectures and seminars delivered intensively over 6 days, and
b) 94 hrs of independent student research, reading and writing.
Bentley, R.A., 2006. Strontium isotopes from the earth to the archaeological skeleton: A review Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory 13 (3), 135-187.
Lee-Thorp, J.A., 2008. On isotopes and old bones Archaeometry 50 (6), 925-950.
Makarewicz, C.A. and Sealy, J., 2015. Dietary reconstruction, mobility, and the analysis of ancient skeletal tissues: Expanding the prospects of stable isotope research in archaeology Journal of Archaeological Science 56, 146-158.
Tykot, R.H., 2004. Stable isotopes and diet: You are what you eat Proceedings of the International School of Physics “Enrico Fermi” Course CLIV, M. Martini, M. Milazzo and M. Piacentini (Eds.), IOS Press, Amsterdam 2004
Areas of Interest
- Earth and Marine Sciences
- Biological Anthropology
- Forensic Anthropology
- Asia Pacific Studies
- Environmental Science
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|9370||01 Oct 2020||23 Oct 2020||23 Oct 2020||31 Dec 2020||In Person||N/A|