Spring 2020 - ARCH 340 D100

Zooarchaeology (5)

Class Number: 5753

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    SWH 9084, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 14, 2020
    12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    AQ 5018, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Christina Giovas
    Office: SWH 9107
    Office Hours: TBA
  • Prerequisites:

    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 lectures and an intensive laboratory component. Students should be prepared to spend at least 2-3 hours in the lab outside of scheduled class time. Lab exercises provide hands-on experience working with vertebrate and invertebrate (exo)skeletons. Emphasis is placed on mammals, birds, fish, and molluscs from the Americas.


  • Lab Quizzes 25%
  • Practical Lab Exercises 15%
  • Zooarchaeology Report 30%
  • Final Exam 30%



Broughton, J.M. and S.D. Miller. 2016. Zooarchaeology and Field Ecology: A Photographic Atlas. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press.
ISBN: 978-1-6078-1485-6

Department Undergraduate Notes:

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