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ANTH321 Archaeozoology

Approaches to the study of animal remains from archaeological sites. Students will develop practical skills in the identification of fauna encountered in archaeological sites in New Zealand and the Pacific.

Animal remains are among the most frequently encountered items in archaeological sites and understanding how to analyse and interpret them are essential skills for an archaeologist. This course uses a combination of practical, lab-based learning and class-room teaching to ensure that those completing the course are well equipped to undertake archaeozoological studies, research or employment.

Paper title Archaeozoology
Paper code ANTH321
Subject Anthropology
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,141.35
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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18 200-level ANTH points or 108 points
ARCH 302
Schedule C
Arts and Music

Dr Karen Greig

Teaching staff

Co-ordinator: Dr Karen Greig


Teaching Arrangements

This paper is taught via lectures and labs.


  • Laboratory reports (3 at 10% each = 30%)
  • Midden analysis project ( 30%)
  • Final Examination (40%)

Textbooks are not required for this paper. Most required reading is from journal articles and book chapters available electronically through the library.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will gain an understanding of theoretical issues in archaeology, and an ability to identify and analyse archaeological fauna.

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 14:00-14:50 9-14, 16-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Tuesday 10:00-12:50 10-14, 16, 18-21
A2 Tuesday 14:00-16:50 10-14, 16, 18-21


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Friday 12:00-13:50 11-13, 17-20
A2 Friday 14:00-15:50 11-13, 17-20