Interpreting Animal Remains
- To demonstrate the potential contribution of zooarchaeology, in the broadest sense, to understanding past human societies in a wide range of contexts.
- To provide students with a knowledge-base of case studies in zooarchaeological interpretation, covering the Palaeolithic to the present day and spanning much of the world.
- To enable and encourage students to read published interpretations of animal remains with a critical eye.
- To provide students with the necessary knowledge and confidence to recommend appropriate analytical approaches to specific animal bone assemblages.
By the end of the module, students should:
- Be familiar with the interpretation of zooarchaeological data (including biomolecular data) in a wide range of contexts and using a range of approaches.
- Be aware of the strengths and limitations of those approaches.
- Understand the contribution of animal remains to various key issues in archaeology and beyond.
- Be able critically to evaluate published zooarchaeological studies, including those based on biomolecular techniques.
- Be able to assess the potential of zooarchaeological assemblages or datasets for future research, and recommend appropriate approaches.