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Zooarchaeology I: Identifying Animal Bones - ARC00041M

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  • Department: Archaeology
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. David Orton
  • Credit value: 5 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2019-20

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2019-20

Module aims

  • To train students to identify the most common mammal, bird, and fish species found on European archaeological sites.
  • To provide students with the tools to narrow down identification of rarer species and those found elsewhere in the world.
  • To provide students with experience of handling and recording fragmentary animal remains.

Module learning outcomes

Upon completion of this module you should:

  • Be able to make informed identifications of a wide range of zooarchaeological specimens
  • Be familiar with the principles of identification and the range of available reference resources
  • Be familiar with approaches to recording fragmentary animal remains.


Task Length % of module mark
Practical worksheets
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Practical worksheets
N/A 100

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