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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of History, Classics and Archaeology : Postgraduate (History, Classics and Archaeology)

Postgraduate Course: Bone Manufacturing - Animal Raw Materials (PGHC11133)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe course forms a compulsory part of the MSc in Osteoarchaeology and sits with Human-Animal interactions and the animal bone aspects of the Bone Identification and Anatomy course to provide a rounded knowledge of animals and their importance in archaeological communities.
Course description Even archaeologists with limited interest in zooarchaeology often encounter artefacts made from bone. Accurately identifying the raw material of these objects is indispensable in assessing their origins and possible value. For example, objects made from cattle bone, elephant or walrus ivory would embody radically different meanings. Studying the work invested in creating these artefacts, as well as the attempted reconstruction of their function, contributes valuable information on ancient lifeways in any archaeological period.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements All students taking this course must attend the Health & Safety Awareness training session at the start of the semester. If this course is not on your Degree Programme Table you must seek the permission of the course organiser before being enrolled in this course.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesNone
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. An ability to identify and interpret animal remains used in manufacturing
  2. An understanding of the implications of this information for raw material procurement and trading
  3. An understanding of relationships between anatomical and typological classifications
  4. An ability to understand the identification of manufacturing marks and use wear as related to tool function
  5. An ability to integrate bone manufacturing information within a broader archaeological/cultural context
Reading List
Choyke, A. M. and L. Bartosiewicz eds. 2001. Crafting Bone Skeletal Technologies through Time and Space. Oxford, British Archaeological Reports, International Series 937.
Luik, H., A. M. Choyke, C. E. Batey and L. Lougas eds.: From hooves to horns, from mollusc to mammoth. Tallin, Muinasaja Teadus 15
MacGregor, A. 1985. Bone, antler, ivory & horn. The technology of skeletal materials since the Roman Period. London and Sydney, Croom Helm.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsBoneMan
Contacts
Course organiserDr Kathleen Mcsweeney
Tel: (0131 6)50 2373
Email: kath.mcsweeney@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMr Gordon Littlejohn
Tel: (0131 6)50 3782
Email: Gordon.Littlejohn@ed.ac.uk
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