ARCH08016 2013 INTERPRETING THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF ANIMALS
This module builds on the skills and knowledge developed in the module 'Zooarchaeology'.
On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;
Demonstrate competence in analysing, evaluating and drawing conclusions from data derived from animal bone assemblages.
Explain the principal economic uses of animals and the evidence associated with these.
Explain the principal non-economic situations for human-animal interaction.
Organise and integrate theoretical and practical concepts presented into a detailed view of zooarchaeological concepts.
Effectively communicate scientific principles to a peer audience.
Critically analyse case studies of the application of zooarchaeological techniques in interpreting archaeological sites and landscapes.
Module Assessment Strategies
The assessment methods are designed to promote understanding, interpretation and communication of the learning outcomes by use of continuous assessment methods.
Domestication: the transition to the Neolithic
Secondary products in past economies
Food taboos and customs
Food as an indicator of status and identity
Animals in religion, myth and legend
The role of animals in marginal economies
Hunting in agricultural societies
Animals in art, architecture and literature
Animals as indicators of status and identity
Pets in human societies
Advanced analysis of animal bone assemblages
Coursework & Assessment Breakdown
|Title||Type||Form||Percent||Week||Learning Outcomes Assessed|
|1||Performance Evaluation Seminar submissions||Continuous Assessment||UNKNOWN||40 %||OnGoing||1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8|
|2||Assignment - Project reports, posters, essays||Continuous Assessment||UNKNOWN||60 %||OnGoing||1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8|
Full Time Mode Workload
|Directed Learning||Science Laboratory||Lectures and seminars - Archaeology lab||1.5||Weekly||1.50|
|Practical||Science Laboratory||Project - Archaeology lab||1.5||Weekly||1.50|
|Independent Learning||UNKNOWN||Self study||4||Weekly||4.00|
Davis, S. (2012) The archaeology of animals. London, Routledge
Klein, R.G. and Cruz-Uribe, K. (1984) The Analysis of Animal Bones from Archeological Sites. Chicago, University of Chicago Press
O'Connor, T. P. (2008) The archaeology of animal bones. Stroud, Sutton
Reitz, E.J. and Wing E. (2004) Zooarchaeology. Cambridge University Press
This module is primarily based around a series of lectures and readings from the literature, however the books shown give an overview of the principles being discussed. A more detailed listing will be provided in the class.
Timetable as a 3 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 material.