P425 | 0445 | Scheiber

Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9-12 p.m.
SB 025

This course is designed to introduce students to the method and theory of
New World zooarchaeology, through a comprehensive practicum in
archaeological faunal analysis.  Zooarchaeology is the study of animal
remains to help answer questions about past social practices, and is a
standard component of archaeological analyses.  This course will address
various topics within the subfield, such as creating reference
collections, vertebrate anatomy, the identification of bone elements,
methods of quantification, and historical perspectives of the uses of
faunal analysis in archaeological interpretations.  Student will explore
these issues through readings, lectures, discussions, and laboratory
analyses.  Course requirements will include in-class presentations,
specimen preparation, and a report based on the analysis of specimens from
New World archaeological collections.  The primary goal of the course is
to teach students to identify bones of several larger mammal species of
North America, plus selected bird and fish species.  Note: Fridays are
open lab/study days.

Course Evaluation:
You will be evaluated based on the following assignments and exams:
Weekly bone quizzes (10 points each) = 100 points
Preparation of Specimen for Reference Collection = 25 points
In-Class Presentation of Species = 25 points
Group Lab Project = 75 points
Class Participation/Attendance = 10 points
Additional Projects: 15 points
Final = 50 points
Total: 300 points

If you have any questions, contact me at the following email address: