Zooarchaeology

MW 3-4:15 310 Fitzelle Hall
Instructor:
Dr. Renee B. Walker
Office:
312 Fitzelle Hall
Office Hours:
MWF 1-2 pm
Phone:
x3346
Email:
email me

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Course Description

This course provides students with a background in the methods of zooarchaeology, the analysis of animal remains from archaeological sites used to reconstruct the interrelationships between people, animals, and the environment. Both theoretical and methodological issues are explored, with emphasis on the use of comparative vertebrate skeletal collections in zooarchaeological research, specifically those animal species commonly found in eastern North American prehistoric and historic archaeological sites. Practical experience is a central focus of the course. Prerequisite: ANTH 140.

 Grading

            Grading will be based on one exam, three quizzes, and one annotated bibliography.  The midterm and annotated bibliography are each worth 100 points, and each quiz is worth 50.  The quizzes will be lab quizzes on the animal specimens we will study.  The annotated bibliography (worth 100 points) will be based on a topic for you to examine more specific aspects of zooarchaeology and this assignment will be discussed later in the semester.

Your grade for the course will be determined by the total number of points you earn, using the following table:

328 - 350 points=

A

280 - 293 points =

B-

235 - 244 points =

D+

315 - 327 points=

A-

269 - 279 points =

C+

224 - 234 points =

D

305 - 314 points=

B+

259 - 268 points =

C

210 - 223 points =

D-

294 - 304 points=

B

245 - 258 points =

C-

0 – 209 points =

E

Class Participation

You are expected to participate with regular class attendance, keeping current on all reading assignments, and active involvement is class discussions.  Most class material is only available in class, particularly during laboratory meetings.

Reading Materials

            O’Connor, Terry.  The Archaeology of Animal Bones, 1st edition. Texas A&M Press, 2000.  All readings are to be completed before the day we will discuss them in class