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Zooarchaeology II: Exploring the Assemblage - ARC00053M

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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 Spring Term 2019-20

Module aims

  • 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.

Module learning outcomes

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.


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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