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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- explain and discuss the different theories proposed in the study of vertebrate remains;
- recognise and identify (giving reasons) skeletal elements;
- demonstrate an ability to transfer their skills to a practical context; and
- conduct a taphonomical analysis of zooarchaeological assemblages.
- Vertebrate identification, practical quiz (2 hours) (40) [LO 2,3]
- Recording zooarchaeological data, practical task (30) [LO 2,3,4]
- Case study report based on background readings (2,000 words) (30) [LO 1]
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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.
N/A - recoding of course code.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed texts are not required.
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.
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