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.

  • African Wild Dog

    Articulated vertebrae of an African Wild Dog recently added to the collection.

  • CBRC IQ Wall

    CBRC Project Coordinator, Gary Motz, and Dr. Scheiber discuss 3D data collected for Kelsey Noack Myers' ancient dog research while working with the data on the IQ wall at Wells Library.

  • Coding

    One of our undergraduate employees recording attributes on a bird bone.

  • Inventory Sheets

    Working on inventory sheets for the digital database.

  • Microscope

    Using the light microscope to analyze bones from the Albert Bell site in Kansas, a possible ancestral site to Caddoan speakers like the Pawnee and Arikara.

  • Students at work

    Faunal osteology class hard at work.

  • Drawing class

    An IU drawing class using our collection to practice their skills..

Courses that Use the Comparative Collection from the Zooarchaeology Lab:

  • ANTH A105/A107: Human Origins and Prehistory
  • ANTH A200: Topics in Anthropology: Culture and Society
  • ANTH A408: Museum Practicum
  • ANTH A460: IUPUI Zooarchaeology
  • ANTH A595: Graduate Independent Study and Internships
  • ANTH B200: Bioanthropology
  • ANTH B301: Laboratory in Bioanthropology
  • ANTH B368/B568:The Evolution of Primate Social Behavior
  • ANTH B464: Human Paleontology
  • ANTH B466/B601: The Primates
  • ANTH B524: Theory and Methods in Human Paleontology
  • ANTH B600: Mortuary Practices
  • ANTH B602: Paleopathology
  • ANTH P200: Introduction to Archaeology
  • ANTH P314: Early Prehistory of Africa
  • ANTH P330: Historical Archaeology
  • ANTH P332: Industrial Archaeology
  • ANTH P361: Prehistoric Diet and Nutrition
  • ANTH P370: Civilizations of the Andes
  • ANTH P380: Prehistoric Diet and Nutrition
  • ANTH P399: Undergraduate Seminar in Archaeology
  • ANTH P406/P506: Lab Methods in Archaeology
  • ANTH P425: Faunal Osteology
  • ANTH P600: Graduate Seminar in Prehistoric Archaeology
  • ANTH X490: Undergraduate Independent Study and Internships
  • BIOL L376: Biology of Birds
  • BIOL S318: Evolution, Honors
  • CLLC L230: Collins Learning Center Courses: Life - Concepts and Issues
  • COLL E104: People and Animals
  • GEOL G112: Historical Geology
  • GEOL G600: Advanced Techniques in Geology
  • GEOL G690: Advanced Geology Seminar
  • GEOL G700:Geological Problems (Morphometrics and the Quantitative Analysis of Morphology)

The minor in the Anthropology of Food provides students interested in zooarchaeology the opportunity to study comparative food practices around the world.

Undergraduates interested in studying archaeology at IU

Graduate students interested in studying archaeology at IU