Spring 2021 - ARCH 340 D100

Zooarchaeology (5)

Class Number: 4722

Delivery Method: In Person


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  • Prerequisites:

    ARCH 101 or ARCH 201.



An introduction to the study of animal remains from archaeological sites. Coverage of the major concepts and methods used in the study of animal remains and detailed practical coverage of the vertebrate skeleton.


Zooarchaeology is the study of past human-animal relationships through the analysis of animal remains and the cultural contexts of animal use and depiction. This course integrates training in the technical aspects of faunal studies with the principles and methodologies employed by zooarchaeologists to interpret the archaeofaunal record. Topics include hunting and subsistence, domestication, trade, the socio-symbolic and ritual roles of animals, assemblage formation (taphonomy), paleoecology, and conservation biology applications.

The class is divided between asynchronous lectures and synchronous online labs. Lab exercises provide practical experience developing skills in observation, identification, and quantification associated with the analysis of vertebrate, especially mammalian, skeletons.


  • 2 Quizzes 30%
  • Take-Home Lab Reports 40%
  • Osteology Lab Notebook 20%
  • Collection Care 10%



Broughton, J.M. and S.D. Miller. 2016 Zooarchaeology and Field Ecology: A Photographic Atlas. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press.

Department Undergraduate Notes:

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Teaching at SFU in spring 2021 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).