ZOOARCHAEOLOGY: THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF ANIMALS

ARC3ZOO

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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, 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

Credit points15

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.

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites 120 credit points of any level subjects

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsARC2ZOO

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Readings

Zooarchaeology

Resource TypePrescribed

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AuthorReitz, E. and Wing, E.

Year2008

Edition/Volume2nd

PublisherCAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS

ISBN9780521673938

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The archaeology of animal bones

Resource TypeRecommended

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AuthorO'Connor, T

Year2000

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PublisherSUTTON

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Archaeology of animals.

Resource TypeRecommended

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AuthorDavis, S.

Year2005

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PublisherROUTLEDGE

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Australian Zooarchaeology

Resource TypeRecommended

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AuthorLUNA-Insight image database: www.lib.latrobe.edu.au

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PublisherLA TROBE UNIVERSITY

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Career Ready

Career-focusedNo

Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

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Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Identify major differences between faunal remains and discuss theoretical approaches to zooarchaeological analysis.
02. Compile and statistically analyse a database using archaeological materials such as bones and reference animal skeletons.
03. Communicate complex research effectively in a written format, supporting conclusions with appropriate evidence and literature.
04. Formulate, and evaluate, research questions appropriate to given datasets.

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