THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF ANIMALS

ARC3ZOO

2015

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

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

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

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

Activities:
one 2,000-word essay

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

Activities:
Submit 3 multiple choice questions

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2015, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorRichard Cosgrove

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 face-to-face.

WorkShop Week: 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.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Submit 3 PeerWise multiple choice questions15 04
one 1,000-word workshop presentation20 02
one 1-hour examination (1,000-word equivalent)20 01
one 2,000-word essay45 03