HUMAN AND ANIMAL BONES

ARC5BON

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Understanding the interaction between people and animals is vital for explaining past social, political and economic systems from the earliest times to the present day. Morphological changes occur within long-term climatic cycles and therefore we need to understand the processes that influence the trajectory of skeletal change. In addition to this people and animals undergo changes to their skeleton from disease, nutrition, work load, environmental stress and domestication. This information is gleaned from studying a range of different zooarchaeological contexts. These include burials and cemeteries, middens, cave and bony remains from other well-preserved sites. Techniques of analysis for interpreting health, diet, butchery practices, seasonal exploitation, ageing and sex of skeletal remains will be a focus of this subject, as well as the use of quantitative techniques. This subject has a strong practical element and students will learn about the main animal species found archaeologically in southeastern Australia.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorRichard Cosgrove

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be enrolled in Master of Professional Archaeology or with the subject Coordinator's approval.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects ARC2ZOO

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsZooarchaeologyPrescribedReitz, E. and Wing, E.CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
ReadingsArchaeology of animals.RecommendedDavis, S.ROUTLEDGE, 2005
ReadingsAustralian ZooarchaeologyRecommendedLUNA-Insight image database: www.lib.latrobe.edu.auLA TROBE UNIVERSITY
ReadingsThe archaeology of animal bonesRecommendedO'Connor, TSUTTON, 2000

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Identify major differences between faunal remains and discuss theoretical approaches to zooarchaeological analysis

Activities:
one 1-hour examination
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

02. Use archaeological materials such as bones and reference animal skeletons to compile a large database. Use statistics to compare and contrast these assemblages

Activities:
one 1,000-word workshop presentation
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

03. Write a major report using Harvard referencing system and a range of journal articles

Activities:
one 3,000-word field work report
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Ethical behaviour)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

04. Submit multiple choice questions to the PeerView website that demonstrate reserach abilities and thoughful responses to peer reviewers

Activities:
Submit 10 multiple choice questions
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Ethical behaviour)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Ethical behaviour)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2018, Summer 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorRichard Cosgrove

Class requirements

Laboratory Class Week: 45 - 46
Ten 3.0 hours laboratory class per study period on weekends during the day from week 45 to week 46 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 45 - 46
Ten 1.0 hours lecture per day on weekdays during the day from week 45 to week 46 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Submit 5 PeerWise multiple choice questions15 04
one 1,000-word workshop presentation20 02
one 1-hour examination (1,000-word equivalent)25 01
one 3,000 field report40 03