ARCHAEOZOOLOGY

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Code
65091
ACADEMIC YEAR
2021/2022
CREDITS
6 credits during the 2nd year of 8453 Conservation of Cultural Heritage (L-1) GENOVA
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR
BIO/05
LANGUAGE
Italian
TEACHING LOCATION
GENOVA (Conservation of Cultural Heritage)
semester
1° Semester
Teaching materials

OVERVIEW

The aim of Archaeozoology (or Zooarchaeology) is the study of animal finds (vertebrates and invertebrates) from archaeological excavations from prehistory to the current day. This illustrates and defines relations between man and the animal worldand therefore the relations between human and animal communities, closely connected in economic, ritual and social activities

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

The Archaeozoology course aims to give the fundamental indications to be able to recognise and contextualise osseous finds with particular attention to animal bones.

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

At the end of the course the student must be able to:

  • Recognize the bones that make up the skeleton of vertebrates, distinguishing between bones of carnivores and herbivores and knowing the specific terminology for the description of bones
  • Know the basics of taxonomic determination of vertebrates and the main animal finds from archaeological excavations
  • Know the basics of determining the age of death and sex of selected mammals
  • Identify and interpret traces found on the bone surface, whether natural or man-made
  • Correctly interpret the data derived from archeozoological analysis

TEACHING METHODS

The lessons will be held in person, with the possibility for students to follow even at a distance following the Teams channel "Corso di Archeozoologia 2021-2022" code wwx02x3

To attent the lesson in person the Green Pass is compulsory as well the reservation by App

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

The course includes the following topics:

  • Archaeozoology: definition and applications; the main materials; excavation, documentation and recovery of fossil remains in the archaeological excavation.
  • Fossils and fossilization: definitions and usefulness; palaeontology and archaeozoology; zoological nomenclature and the concept of species.
  • The skeleton of vertebrates: histology and anatomy; terminology; anatomical and taxonomic determination; osteometry; estimation of the age of death and recognition of sex.
  • Quantification of bone remains: Minimum Number of Individuals (NMI) and Number of Identifiable Remains (NISP).
  • Taphonomy: biostratinomy and fossildiagenesis; the main natural modifications of bones (weathering, predation, pitting, trampling, transport, abrasion, fracturing, oxidation); changes induced by anthropogenic activity (combustion, cutmarks, breakage, traces of use and processing).
  • Taphonomy of karst contexts.
  • Other animal materials from archaeological excavations: recognition and determination.
  • Human-animal relationship: hunting, domestication, breeding.

  • How to study a collection: from excavation to publication of data

 

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

  • Course notes and related ppt
  • DE GROSSI MAZZORIN J. (2008) - Archeozoologia. Lo studio dei resti animali in archeologia. Manuali Laterza. Editori
  • CHIAX L.& MENIEL P. (2001) - L'archeozoologie. Ed. Errance , Paris
  • RAFFI & SERPAGLI () – Introduzione alla paleontologia. UTET, cap. 2
  • CILLI C., MALERBA G., GIACOBINI G. 2000 -.Le modificazioni di superficie dei reperti in materia dura animale. Bollettino del Museo Civico di Storia Naturale di Verona, 24, pp. 73-98.

 

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Exam Board

MARTA ZUNINO (President)

FABIO NEGRINO

LESSONS

TEACHING METHODS

The lessons will be held in person, with the possibility for students to follow even at a distance following the Teams channel "Corso di Archeozoologia 2021-2022" code wwx02x3

To attent the lesson in person the Green Pass is compulsory as well the reservation by App

LESSONS START

5 october 2021 h. 11-13. Lesson schedule: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday h. 11-13

Class schedule

ARCHAEOZOOLOGY

EXAMS

EXAM DESCRIPTION

oral exam

ASSESSMENT METHODS

direct questions on the general programme as well as on specific topics

Exam schedule

Date Time Location Type Notes
15/12/2021 11:00 GENOVA Orale
25/01/2022 11:00 GENOVA Orale
08/02/2022 11:00 GENOVA Orale
10/05/2022 11:00 GENOVA Orale
14/06/2022 11:00 GENOVA Orale
28/06/2022 11:00 GENOVA Orale
19/07/2022 11:00 GENOVA Orale
13/09/2022 11:00 GENOVA Orale