This module is intended for anyone who would like to be able to identify animal remains from archaeological sites - whether as training for research in zooarchaeology; or to help with sampling for specialist analyses; or simply as a useful skill in the field. We start from the basics of the mammalian skeleton but quickly progress to consider a wide range of animals, including birds, fish, and microvertebrates (e.g. amphibians and rodents) as well as the main domesticates and hunted species.
Alongside hands-on training in identification, we consider the practicalities of references resources, sampling strategies, and recording protocols.
Upon completion of this module you should: