Postgraduate Course: Bone Manufacturing - Animal Raw Materials (PGHC11133)
|School||School of History, Classics and Archaeology
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The 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.
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)
||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
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- An ability to identify and interpret animal remains used in manufacturing
- An understanding of the implications of this information for raw material procurement and trading
- An understanding of relationships between anatomical and typological classifications
- An ability to understand the identification of manufacturing marks and use wear as related to tool function
- An ability to integrate bone manufacturing information within a broader archaeological/cultural context
|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.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Kathleen Mcsweeney
Tel: (0131 6)50 2373
|Course secretary||Mr Gordon Littlejohn
Tel: (0131 6)50 3782