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Admission requirements

  • 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 requires 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.

Course set-up

2 days per week.
Per session:

  • Approx. 50 minutes of lecture;

  • 10 minutes break;

  • 2 hours of practical.

Course objectives

  • 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

  • Seminar-lectures;

  • Practical sessions.

Course load

  • 36 hours of lectures/seminars (2.6 ec);

  • 196 pages of literature (1.4 ec);

  • Report of 1,500-1,800 pages (1 ec).

Assessment method

  • Report (60%);

  • Practical attendance and assignments (20%);

  • Participation in discussions and test (20%).

Assessment deadlines

All assessment deadlines (exams, retakes, paper deadlines etc.) can be found in MyTimetable.
Log in with your ULCN account, and add this course using the 'Add timetable' button. To view the assessment deadline(s), make sure to select the course with a code ending in T and/or R.

Deadlines for assignments are included in the course syllabus.

Reading list

To be handed out during class.


Registration in uSis is mandatory. You can register for this course until 5 days before the first class.

Registration in uSis automatically leads to enrollment in the corresponding Brightspace module. Therefore you do not need to enroll in Brightspace, but make sure to register for this course in uSis.

You are required to register for all lectures and tutorials well in time. The Administration Office registers all students for their exams, you are not required to do this in uSis.

Start registration for the BA2 seminars:

  • Series 1: 27 September 2021, 07:00 hrs

  • Series 2: 17 January 2022, 07:00 hrs

  • Series 3: 28 February 2022, 07:00 hrs


For more information about this course, please contact dr. L. (Laura) Llorente Rodriguez.


Compulsory attendance.