90085 - Botanical and Faunal Analysis in Archaeology

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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Responsible consumption and production Life on land

Academic Year 2019/2020

Learning outcomes

The course aims to provide a basic knowledge about the methods of analysis of plant and animal remains from archaeological sites. In particular, the course deals with the analysis of these remains in order to study of the natural environment of the past, the economy and the man’s dietary habits over the time. The student, at the end of the course, acquires specific skills about the methodologies for the integrated reconstruction of the subsistence strategies and resource use.

Course contents

  • Brief History of Bioarcheology
  • Methods in Bioarchaeology
  • Exploitation of Plants and Animals during the past
  • Domestication


J. DE GROSSI MAZZORIN, Archeozoologia, Laterza 2009

J. CLUTTON-BROCK, Storia naturale della domesticazione dei mammiferi, Bollati Boringhieri 2017

G. DI PASQUALE, Che cos'è l'archeobotanica, Carocci 2011

Teaching methods

The course is based on lectures dealing with the program topics.

Assessment methods

The evaluation consists of an oral exam on the course program. The student must show that he/she has acquired adequate general and systematic knowledge of the various topics and has mastered the scientific and methodological tools necessary for a reasoned analysis of the program subjects.

Teaching tools

Lectures will be illustrated with powerpoint presentations

Office hours

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