ARPA309 Zooarchaeology

Updated: 23 April 2018
Credit Points 6
Offering Not offered in 2019
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites 12cp in ARPA including ARPA104 or candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions ARPA509
Notes None
Combined Units ARPA509 - Zooarchaeology
Coordinator(s) Melanie Fillios (
Unit Description

Zooarchaeology (faunal analysis) is the study of bone in the archaeological record. This unit surveys the major methods and techniques used in archaeological faunal analysis. It examines the way in which faunal data is used to reconstruct aspects of human behaviour, including: subsistence strategies in hunter-gatherer societies, the process of animal domestication, trade, social status, and ethnicity. Students will learn basic identification/analysis of human and animal bones from archaeological sites using a combination of 3D models and physical bones. Particular attention is given to zooarchaeology in Australian contexts.

Materials Textbook information will be displayed approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the teaching period. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory Assignment 1 40% 2000
Assessment Notes

4 quizzes worth 10% each

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 4, 6

Compulsory Assignment 2 20% 500
Assessment Notes

Moodle forum posts

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Compulsory Assignment 3 40% 2500
Assessment Notes

Online Final Exam

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-6

Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate a broad understanding of the theoretical basis for analysing bone;
  2. understand appropriate statistical, qualitative and quantitative techniques to process osteological data in the archaeological record;
  3. identify the potential and limitations of faunal analysis in site interpretation in the archaeological record;
  4. exhibit a coherent understanding of the way in which osteological material can be used to reconstruct natural and cultural processes in the archaeological record;
  5. demonstrate a broad and coherent body of knowledge of the background and major contending perspectives on zooarchaeology, and present a coherent and independent exposition of knowledge and ideas; and
  6. apply skills in identifying bones, including species, body part, age and taphonomic factors.