Anthropology | OLD WORLD ZOOARCHAEOLOGY
P399 | 0441 | Pickering
Old World Zooarchaeology
Course Description: This course is designed to provide basic instruction
in the identification of large mammal remains commonly recovered from Old
World archaeological sites. In addition, a taphonomic approach to
zooarchaeology is stressed, with an emphasis on understanding and
interpreting the formation of archaeological faunal assemblages.
Course Goals and Objectives: The lab section of this course is intended to
provide instruction in the hands-on identification and interpretation of
large mammal bones commonly found in archaeological sites. The discussion
section of this course is intended to examine approaches to using bone
data to construct and investigate archaeological questions.
Methods of Evaluation: The course is divided into three major sections.
The first of these sections is instruction in basic bone identification.
Competency in identification will be tested in three in-class lab
practicals as indicated on the syllabus. The combined total grade
received on these quizzes will count as 25% of your final grade in the
The second evaluated section of the course is based on in-class
participation during the discussion sections, which begin on ---- (as
indicated on the syllabus). For each weekly discussion, all students are
responsible for completing the required readings listed on the syllabus.
In addition, each student (or group of students) is expected to present
and lead discussions on an assigned topic at least once during the
semester. The student(s) who is responsible for leading the week's
discussion is expected to delve more deeply into the topic than
non-presenters, consulting additional references found in the assigned
readings. The discussion leader(s) will begin the session with a 10-20
minutes presentation that should serve as an overview of the week's topic.
This presentation will be graded on its organization, clarity and
thoroughness; this counts as 25% of your final grade. Students should
also feel free to consult the course instructor regarding additional
references and on the construction of their presentation before our
The final 50% of your final grade will be based on a research report that
emanates from your participation in one of two class projects: (1) the
analysis of a hyena-created faunal assemblage from Jordan, (2) the
analysis of bone surface damage in an experimentally derived "assemblage"
of ungulate bones. This major class project will begin after the last
identification quiz, with in-class time allotted to its completion (listed
as "Analysis" on the syllabus). In addition, students can arrange, with
the instructor, access to the materials outside of class time. Students
are strongly encouraged to do this, as the research report is a major part
of your final grade.