Bioarchaeology (or equivalent level) obtained;
This is a seminar with a limited amount of participants (20 students), for Archaeology students exclusively;
This is not an optional course for the Archaeology BA3 programme. If you want to take this course as an extra-curricular course in your programme, you should ask permission from the Board of Examiners. You can only be admitted with permission, with proper argumentation, and only if there are spots left.
Archaeo-zoological and palaeo-zoological research require knowledge of wide-ranging techniques and research methods, their application possibilities and their appropriate analysis and presentation of data. To do so, seminar lab sessions will introduce sampling and cataloging practices, faunal evolutionary trends and identification of Holocene and Pleistocene faunal remains - among other methodologies.
Hands-on work will help to develop research and technical skills used in the discipline that can actually broaden to a more general archaeological scope. Familiarising and interpreting faunal data and research papers are important to highlight the contribution of archaeo-zoology to archaeological questions, and to encourage an active participation in palaeo/archaeo-zoological discussions and debates.
All these aspects will be addressed in detail with the study of a faunal collection from an archaeological site where both environmental and anthropic perspectives will be addressed. The site for study will depend on what is available at the time.
2 days per week.
Approx. 50 minutes of lecture;
10 minutes break;
2 hours of practical.
Knowledge of and insight into the research methods and techniques and their application possibilities within archaeo-zoology;
Knowledge of and insight into its framing within archaeology;
Knowledge of and insight into the diversity and evolution of the different animal groups in the Quaternary;
Ability to recognise and identify skeletal elements of different animal taxa;
Ability to describe zoological material according to the standards used in the subject field;
Ability to identify and distinguish diagnostic features on skeletal remains as well as human derived traces, pathologies, and biological and natural modifications;
Ability to conduct archaeo-zoological research by studying animal remains using various research methods, and ability to interpret the analysis data;
Ability to conduct a faunal research and combine the results with other aspects of an archaeological study;
Ability to write a basic report of faunal research of this discipline;
Ability to participate in archaeo-zoological discussions and debates.
Course schedule details can be found in MyTimetable.
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Mode of instruction
Written test (30%).
Practical attendance and assignments (10%).
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Deadlines for assignments are included in the course syllabus.
To be handed out during class.
Registration start dates for the BA2 seminars differ from the registration dates of the regular courses.
Registration will take place with the use of Jotforms, which will be e-mailed to all BA2 students shortly.
For more information about this course, please contact dr. L. (Laura) Llorente Rodriguez.