ZOOARCHAEOLOGY: THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF ANIMALS
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Credit points: 15
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, 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 body 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 south-eastern Australia.
SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences
Subject Co-ordinatorRichard Cosgrove
Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes
Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG
Available as ElectiveYes
Learning ActivitiesLaboratory exercises, examination, essay and creation of multiple choice questions.
Prerequisites 120 credit points of any level subjects
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AuthorReitz, E. and Wing, E.
PublisherCAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
The archaeology of animal bones
Archaeology of animals.
AuthorLUNA-Insight image database: www.lib.latrobe.edu.au
PublisherLA TROBE UNIVERSITY
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