Zooarchaeology: exploring the assemblage
- To introduce students to the main forms of data routinely gathered from animal remains: age, sex, size, and pathology; and explain their relevance.
- To provide practical experience of gathering these data.
- To outline the main approaches to quantification of animal remains, and their implications for data analysis.
- To demonstrate the process of primary zooarchaeological analysis, from desk to database.
By the end of the module, students should:
- Understand the basic techniques for recording age/sex data, biometric variation, and palaeopathology from animal remains.
- Be able to apply those techniques and perform basic analysis of the resulting data.
- Understand the complexities of zooarchaeological quantification, and have a basic grasp of the most appropriate statistical approaches to zooarchaeological data.