Advanced Zooarchaeology (ARCM403)

15 credits

Zooarchaeology is the study of past human interactions with animals, through the analysis of faunal remains from archaeological sites. This module focuses on the methods that zooarchaeologists use to identify faunal remains and interpret what they mean. It involves learning to identify the bones and teeth of the most significant wild and domestic animal species (mammals, birds and fish) commonly found in Britain. It will explore how to establish past human patterns of hunting, farming and social interaction. Course content will contain short lectures, seminars, exercises in interpreting faunal data, and practical engagement with bones.