Anthropology | Faunal Osteology
P425 | 25444 | Scheiber
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 cultural and natural
processes, and is a standard component of archaeological analyses.
This course will address various topics in zooarchaeology, such as
creating reference collections, vertebrate anatomy, identification of
bone elements, methods of quantification, and social practices such as
food sharing and preparation. Students will explore these issues
through laboratory analyses, lectures, readings, and discussions.
Course requirements will include bone quizzes, in-class presentations,
specimen preparation, and a report based on the analysis of specimens
from a North American archaeological site. The primary goal of the
course is to teach students to identify bones of several larger mammal
species of North America, plus other selected species. Students will
be considered active researchers in the William R. Adams
Monday and Wednesday class periods will be divided between lecture
and/or discussion and hands-on work with the collections. Friday
class periods will emphasize studying for quizzes, prep work, and
independent lab projects.
This course carries N&M distribution credit.