Section Information for Spring 2017
Have you ever wondered what the skeleton of your pet looks like? ANTH 399 explores the methods and theories applied in zooarchaeology through integrating hands-on assignments working with a comparative collection. We will examine how archaeologists can understand human-animal relationships in the past including their role in reconstructing paleoenvironments, their contribution to ancient foodways, domestication of animals, and ritual uses of fauna. At least one of the classes will take place in the backstage of the National Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian Institution, where we explore how researchers there utilize museum collections in zooarchaeological research.
Topic of contemporary interest in anthropology, changing from semester to semester, and focusing on topics such as sex roles, anthropology and ethics, and primate social organization.
May be repeated for credit when topic is different.