Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Students investigate the role that animals have played in past social, political and economic systems from the earliest times to the present day. We examine the importance of animals in subsistence strategies of the earliest hominids, their use by contemporary hunter-gatherers, their role as indicators of past climates, significance of animal domestication, their role in warfare/hunting, their influence as vectors of disease and the latest developments in the genetics in identifying animals. Techniques of analysis for interpreting seasonal exploitation, ageing and sex of skeletal remains will also be discussed. Quantitative techniques of faunal analysis will also be touched upon.

FacultyFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorSteven Falconer

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites 15 credit points of Archaeology subjects or Coordinator's approval


Incompatible subjects ARC3ZOO

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


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

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2014, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSteven Falconer

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

WorkShop Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementComments%
Submit 3 Peer Wise multiple choice questions5
one 1,000-word workshop presentation25
one 1-hour examination (1,000-word equivalent)25
one 2,000-word essay45