ARCH08016 2019 Interpreting the Archaeology of Animals

General Details

Full Title
Interpreting the Archaeology of Animals
Transcript Title
Interpreting the Archaeology o
Code
ARCH08016
Attendance
N/A %
Subject Area
ARCH - Archaeology
Department
ESCI - Environmental Science
Level
08 - NFQ Level 8
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_K08 201900 Level 8 Honours Degree Add-on in Applied Archaeology
Description

This module builds on the skills and knowledge developed in the Zooarchaeology module.  It focuses on generating and interpreting zooarchaeological data to develop a deeper understanding of past societies including economic, cultural and social aspects. There is a strong focus on developing the ability to communicate findings to a range of different audience types.

Learning Outcomes

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

1.

Explain the principal economic uses of animals and the evidence associated with these.

2.

Explain the principal non economic human-animal interactions and the evidence associated with these.

3.

Organise and integrate theoretical and practical concepts presented into a detailed view of zooarchaeological concepts.

4.

Effectively communicate scientific principles to a range of different audience types.

5.

Critically analyse and integrate data from a variety of case studies of the application of zooarchaeological techniques in interpreting archaeological sites and landscapes.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

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

Module Assessment Strategies

This module is 100% Continuous Assessment . 60% of the assessment will be based around a practical project. This will ensure relevance to the world of archaeological consulting and research. 40% of the assessment will be based around oral and written communications relating to a series of seminars.

Repeat Assessments

Repeat Continuous Assessment

Module Dependencies

Co-requisites
None
Incompatibles
None

Indicative Syllabus

Explain the principal economic uses of animals and the evidence associated with these.

The course will use a series of seminars with topics drawn from some of the following themes:

  • Hunting, domestication and farming of animals
  • Secondary products in past economies
  • Food taboos and customs
  • Food and animals as indicators of status and identity

 

Explain the principal non-economic human-animal interactions and the evidence associated with these.

The course will use a series of seminars with topics drawn from some of the following themes:

  • Food and animals as indicators of status and identity
  • Animals in religion, myth and legend
  • Animals in art, architecture and literature
  • Pets in human societies

 

Organise and integrate theoretical and practical concepts presented into a detailed view of zooarchaeological concepts.

  • Working in small groups participants will develop a project around a particular theme.  This will involve compiling background research, carrying out experimental work and creating an exhibition on the theme of the project.  While work is carried out as a group, all work is assessed on an individual basis.                 

Effectively communicate scientific principles to a range of different audience types.

  • The seminars will develop the ability of students to communicate with peers
  • The project work will develop the ability of students to communicate with both the general public and with academics

Critically analyse and integrate data from a variety of case studies of the application of zooarchaeological techniques in interpreting archaeological sites and landscapes.

  • The seminar series will enable students to develop skills in analysing and integrating data from a variety of sources. The projects will involve collecting, collating, analysing and integrating data relevant to the project being undertaken.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Performance Evaluation Seminar submissions Continuous Assessment Assessment 40 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5
2 Assignment - Project reports, posters, essays Continuous Assessment Assessment 60 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5
             

Full Time Mode Workload


Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg 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
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 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

Non ISBN Literary Resources

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. 

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 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.