ARCH06042 2019 Zooarchaeology

General Details

Full Title
Zooarchaeology
Transcript Title
Zooarchaeology
Code
ARCH06042
Attendance
N/A %
Subject Area
ARCH - Archaeology
Department
ESCI - Environmental Science
Level
06 - NFQ Level 6
Credit
05 - 05 Credits
Duration
Semester
Fee
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Author(s)
Frances Lucy, Noel Connaughton, Shirley Markley, Ana Vale, Fiona Beglane
Programme Membership
SG_SAPPL_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Applied Archaeology SG_SAPPL_B07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Applied Archaeology SG_SAPPL_C06 201900 Higher Certificate in Science in Applied Archaeology
Description

Zooarchaeology aims to reconstruct the relationship between past peoples and the animals around them. Animals have always been integral to human society as sources of food, labour and raw materials and have also had very significant religious and symbolic roles. For this reason  a knowledge of the principles, techniques and applications of zooarchaeology is essential to understanding past societies.

 

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;

1.

Explain the theoretical and practical concepts and the major applications of zooarchaeology in interpreting archaeological data

2.

Define the principal methods used in zooarchaeology and identify when these methods would be applicable.

3.

Demonstrate skills in the basic laboratory techniques used in zooarchaeology.   

4.

Analyse, evaluate and draw conclusions from data obtained in the laboratory and/or data presented in problem-solving exercises.

5.

Effectively communicate scientific principles to a peer audience.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be delivered fulltime. This will include lectures and laboratory practicals augmented by independent learning. This approach is expected to address student learning needs.

Module Assessment Strategies

This module is 70% Continuous Assessment and 30% Final exam. 50% of the assessment will be based on practical laboratory skills. This will ensure relevance to the world of archaeological consulting and research. 20% of the assessment will be in the form of a presentation/seminar mid-semester, which will develop the student's ability to communicate technical information. The exam is designed to test the ability of the student to retain and to express the information gained during the course, while continuous assessment will provide ongoing opportunities to demonstrate the learning outcomes.

Repeat Assessments

Repeat Continuous Assessment and/or Final Exam

Indicative Syllabus

Explain the theoretical and practical concepts and the major applications of zooarchaeology in interpreting archaeological data

  • Hunting, farming and animal transport
  • Biomaterials from animal sources
  • Status and identity
  • Animals in religion
  • Origins, introductions and extinctions

Define the principal methods used in zooarchaeology and identify when these methods would be applicable.

  • Anatomy
  • Taxonomy
  • Disease, destruction and modification of bone
  • Population and ageing estimates

Demonstrate skills in the basic laboratory techniques used in zooarchaeology.  

  • Laboratory practicals

Analyse, evaluate and draw conclusions from data obtained in the laboratory and/or data presented in problem-solving exercises.

  • Case studies
  • Laboratory practicals

Effectively communicate scientific principles to a peer audience.

  • Presentation/seminar

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
70 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
30 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Lab Practical Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 50 % OnGoing 3,4,5
2 Continuous Assessment Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 20 % OnGoing 1,2,5
             

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Written Exam Final Exam UNKNOWN 30 % End of Term 1,2,4
             
             

Full Time Mode Workload


Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Science Laboratory Archaeology Lab 2 Weekly 2.00
Laboratory Practical Science Laboratory Archaeology Lab 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Self Study 3 Weekly 3.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
1995-05-24 The Archaeology of Animals Yale University Press
ISBN 0300063059 ISBN-13 9780300063059
Recommended Reading
1984-10-15 The Analysis of Animal Bones from Archeological Sites (Prehistoric Archeology and Ecology Series) (Prehistoric Archaeology & Ecology) University Of Chicago Press
ISBN 0226439585 ISBN-13 9780226439587
Recommended Reading
2008-08-30 The Archaeology of Animal Bones (Texas A & M University Anthropology) Texas A&M University Press
ISBN 1603440844 ISBN-13 9781603440844

Animal ecologists can observe the present and reconstruct the last one or two centuries from historical sources, but the study of animal bones adds valuable insight into the peoples and landscapes of the past while telling much about the evolution of human-animal relationships. In this standard work, now available in paperback, O'Connor offers a detailed overview of the study of animal bones. He analyzes bone composition and structure and the archaeological evidence left by the processes of life, death, and decomposition. He goes on to look at how bone is excavated, examined, described, identified, measured, and reassembled into skeletons. The bulk of the book is devoted to the interpretation of bone fragments, which tell much about the animals themselves--their health, growth, diet, injuries, and age at death.

Recommended Reading
2008-03-27 Zooarchaeology (Cambridge Manuals in Archaeology) Cambridge University Press
ISBN 0521673933 ISBN-13 9780521673938

An expanded and improved edition of an established text reflecting recent developments in zooarchaeology.

Module Resources

Journal Resources

International Journal of Osteoarchaeology

Environmental Archaeology

Journal of Archaeological Science

Nature

Science

URL Resources

http://envarch.net/

https://historicengland.org.uk/images-books/publications/animal-bones-and-archaeology/

http://www.iai.ie/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/EnvironmentalSamplingGuidelines-2007-comp-1.pdf

 

Other Resources

None

Additional Information

Timetable as a 4 hour block in the archaeology lab (theory and practical) to maximise interactive mode of delivery of theory and practical and allow access to reference and replica materials.