Spring 2023 - ARCH 340 D100

Zooarchaeology (5)

Class Number: 4013

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    SWH 9084, Burnaby

  • 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. Lab exercises provide practical experience developing skills in observation, identification, and quantification associated with the analysis of vertebrate, especially mammalian, skeletons.

This course fulfills a Group II requirement.


  • Four Quizzes 40%
  • Lab Exercises 20%
  • Zooarchaeological Report 40%
  • Collections Care


Collections Care : Satisfactory / Not Satisfactory



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


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Department Undergraduate Notes:

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