Course level

Undergraduate

Faculty

Humanities and Social Sciences

School

Social Science School

Units

2

Duration

One Semester

Class contact

3 Contact hours

Prerequisite

ARCA1000

Recommended prerequisite

Assessment methods

Practical lab exams on animal skeletal identification (30%); 1500 word research essay on zooarchaeology topic of choice (30%); 1500 word research report on identification and analysis of a zooarchaeological assemblage (40%)

Course coordinator

Dr Christina Giovas

Study Abroad

This course is pre-approved for Study Abroad and Exchange students.

Current course offerings

Course offerings Location Mode Course Profile
Semester 1, 2018 St Lucia Internal Profile unavailable

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Course description

Animal remains are a powerful means for understanding past climate and environmental change, anthropogenic impacts and shifts in human behaviour. This course integrates technical aspects of faunal studies with theoretical and methodological issues in archaeology, including questions of faunal assemblage formation (taphonomy), human economics and ecology, the relationship between game use and technology, and the anthropology of human-animal relationships. Class work emphasises hands-on experience with faunal remains and will teach students how to identify animal (skeletal) remains from archaeological sites. A final research project will include the identification and analysis of zooarchaeological assemblage. This course may not be run if there are fewer than 20 enrolments.

Archived offerings

Course offerings Location Mode Course Profile
Semester 1, 2016 St Lucia Internal Course Profile