Interpreting Animal Remains - ARC00032M

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  • Department: Archaeology
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. David Orton
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2019-20

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2019-20

Module aims

  • 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.

Module learning outcomes

  • 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.

Assessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Coursework - Interpreting Animal Remains
N/A 100

Special assessment rules

None

Additional assessment information

Timing of written and verbal feedback is published on our deadlines pages:

Formative assessment

Summative assessment

Reassessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Coursework - Interpreting Animal Remains
N/A 100

Module feedback

Formative work:

1. The report: written feedback and the report will be returned to the student within two weeks of submission. The student can make an appointment with the marker to obtain verbal feedback.

Summative work:

1. The essay: written feedback will be returned to the student within 6 weeks of the deadline. The student can make an appointment with the marker to obtain verbal feedback.

Indicative reading

Reading lists are published to the module web pages or VLE.



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