NNMK17001U Zooarchaeology: Identifying Faunal Remains
During this bioarchaeology course you will learn to identify and analyse fish and bird remains from archaeological contexts. Further, the course offers an introduction to the analyses of insect and mollusk remains from sediments and deposits. The students will get an understanding of the potentials of bioarchaeological methods and be able to evaluate environmental studies based on zooarchaeology. The varios taxonomic invertebrate and vertebrate groups are treated by specialists.
- The general skeletal anatomy of fishes and birds and their adaptations to various habitats.
- An overview of the North European fauna history with a special focus on fish and birds, including the introduction of early domestic bird species into Denmark.
- Sampling strategies for obtaining representative materials of insects, molluscs, fish and birds suited for modern methods of analysis.
- Traditional and modern methods of analysing subfossil fish and bird bones from archaeological and natural deposits.
- How the various methods can be applied to, e.g., subsistence analyses and paleoenvironmental studies.
- A detailed knowledge of one or more subjects within the discipline of zooarchaeology obtained through the execution of a minor project.
By the end of the course the students are expected to have acquired the following skills:
- A solid understanding of the discipline of zooarchaeology with a special focus on identification and analyses of skeletal remains from fish and birds.
- Be able to recognize the different skeletal elements from fish and birds and identify those from a variety of the most commonly found Danish species or taxonomic groups.
- An understanding of the potential of using insect and mollusk remains in paleoenvironmental studies.
- By the end of the course the students are expected to have acquired the following competences:
- Have a comprehensive overview of and be able to discuss traditional and modern methods of analyses of fish and bird bone remains.
- Understand and be able to explain the potential of analyses of archaeological remains from insects and molluscs.
- Identification and analyses of vertebrate bone remains within the discipline of zooarchaeology by applying the basic methods.
Please find information on Absalon
Wheeler, A. & Jones, A.K.J. 1989. Fishes. Cambridge Manuals in Archaeology. Cambridge University Press.
Serjeantson, D. 2009. Birds. Cambridge manuals in Archaeology. Cambridge University Press (a selection of chapters).
It is preferred but not required that the students have passed the course of Zooarchaeology at the BSc level.
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Oral examination, 20 minutes (no preparation time)Written assignment, 2 weeksThe oral examination takes its starting point in the written assignment representing the results of a small individual or group project conducted during the course. The written assignment must be handed in prior to the exam week.
The grade is based on an overall assessment of the oral examination and the written assignment.
The written assignment and the oral exam does not have to be passed in the same exam-period.
- Without aids
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
Several internal examiners.
As ordinary exam.
The same or revised written assignment must be handed in before the Re-exam.
Criteria for exam assesment
- Practical exercises
- Project work