Prerequisites: 12:173 or permission of Instructor. 12:342 and/or 12:193 recommended.


Animal bones are often recovered from archaeological sites; however, they may be in a highly fragmented condition. This course gives students with a strong interest in archaeology the opportunity to become familiar with the bones of mammals, fish and birds, shell and animal hair. Techniques for identifying and analyzing faunal remains are presented. Students are required to macerate three animal specimens. Although several hours of class time are devoted to laboratory work, students should be prepared to devote an additional three hours per week to processing their animals.

3 lecture hours per term, one term

Successors: 12:394.

Transfer Equivalents: Look up 12:393 in the BU Course Transfer Database.