Teaching functions of the William R. Adams Zooarchaeology Laboratory include courses which cover the fundamentals of the identification of bone and bone fragments and the interpretation of their significance. Although designed primarily for students of Anthropology, the courses have attracted students of many other disciplines, including medicine, biology, dentistry, museum studies, forensics, geology, paleontology, physical education, business, fine arts, literature, and music. Students are given the opportunity to collect, skin, flesh, macerate, clean, and catalog animal specimens as a learning experience to expose them to and familiarize them with the procedures involved in carcass processing. It also instills in them an awareness and appreciation for the tremendous amount of work and expense that is involved in preparing the comparative collections that are at their disposal.
Courses that Use the Comparative Collection from the Zooarchaeology Lab:
BIOL S318: Evolution, Honors
The new PhD minor in the Anthropology of Food will also provide students interested in zooarchaeology the opportunity to study comparative food practices around the world.