arc3zoo archaeology of animals




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.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorRichard Cosgrove

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

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


Incompatible subjects ARC2ZOO

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


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: 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

one 1-hour examination

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

one 1,000-word workshop presentation

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

one 2,000-word essay

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

Submit 3 multiple choice questions

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2015, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorRichard Cosgrove

Class requirements

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

WorkShopWeek: 10 - 22
Two 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
Submit 3 PeerWise multiple choice questions1504
one 1,000-word workshop presentation2002
one 1-hour examination (1,000-word equivalent)2001
one 2,000-word essay4503