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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.
|Teaching period||First Semester|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$1,080.30|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$4,858.95|
- 18 200-level ANTH points or 108 points
- ARCH 302
- Schedule C
- Arts and Music
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- Teaching staff
Coordinator: Dr Karen Greig
Contributing Lecturer: Professor Richard Walter
- Paper Structure
Lecture topics include:
- Introduction to archaeozoology
- Working with faunal assemblages
- The archaeozoology of shellfish
- Archaeozoological quantification
- The vertebrate skeleton
- The archaeozoology of mammals
- Biomolecular archaeozoology
- The archaeozoology of fish
- The archaeozoology of birds
- Reconstructing behaviour
Laboratory topics include:
- Laboratory protocols and recording techniques
- Theory and method in midden analysis
- Shellfish taxonomy and anatomy
- Quantifying archaeofauna
- Mammalian skeletal anatomy
- Comparative mammalian anatomy
- Fish skeletal anatomy
- Working with moa bones
- Avian skeletal anatomy
- Bone marks
- Teaching Arrangements
Lectures and Labs
This paper is 100% internally assessed:
Laboratory reports (best two of three 20% each)
Midden analysis project (practical work 30%; written report 30%)
- There are no set texts. Most required reading is from journal articles and book chapters available electronically through the library.
- Course outline
- A full course outline with readings will be available at the beginning of the course.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship,
Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy,
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
- Learning Outcomes
- An understanding of theoretical issues in archaeology, and an ability to identify and analyse archaeological fauna.