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
  • COLL E104: People and Animals
  • ANTH A105/A107: Human Origins and Prehistory
  • ANTH A408: Museum Practicum
  • ANTH A495: Independent Study and Internships
  • ANTH P200: Introduction to Archaeology
  • ANTH P361: Prehistoric Diet and Nutrition
  • ANTHP370: Civilizations of the Andes
  • ANTH P425: Faunal Osteology
  • ANTH B301: Laboratory in Bioanthropology
  • ANTH B601: The Primates
  • GEOL G112 - Historical Geology
  • GEOL G700 - Geological Problems (Morphometrics and the Quantitative Analysis of Morphology)

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

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