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Høst 2021

ARK-2032 Zooarchaeology - 10 stp

The course is administrated by

Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education

Type of course

Optional course. The course can be taken as a single course. 

Course contents

Zooarchaeology is the study of animal remains found at archaeological sites. It aims to shed light on the relationship between humans and their environments, especially between humans and animals. The course will give insight into the basics of analysing and interpreting animal remains from archaeological sites. It will cover a variety of relevant topics from zooarchaeological history and theory, different methods used in analyses (micro- and macroscopic, biometric, bone chemistry), taxonomy, vertebrate anatomy, taphonomy, quantification, statistics, paleopathology, domestication and other.

Application deadline

Applicants from Nordic countries: 1 June for the autumn semester.

Exchange students and Fulbright students: 15 April for the autumn semester.

Admission requirements

Søknadskode 9199 - enkeltemner lavere grad (ikke realfag) 

Obligatory prerequisites

ARK-1006 Archaeological Methods I, ARK-1014 What is Archaeology?or ARK-1000 Archaeology: Interpreting the Past, ARK-1006 Archaeological Methods I

Objective of the course

The student will gain the following learning outcomes: 


The student will aquire: 


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Language of instruction

Lectures in English, examination possible in English or Norwegian.

Teaching methods

Course consists of 10 double lectures followed by practical work and 2 seminars where students will present their case studies. 

All courses will be evaluated once during the period of the study program. The board of the program decides which courses will be evaluated by students and teacher each year. 



The following coursework requirements must be completed and approved in order to take the final exam: submission of three short assignments of ca. 2 pages (approx. 700 words) (assessed as pass/fail) during the course and presentation of a case study at the end of the course.

Assessment and exam: 

Written school exam with multiple choice and open-ended questions. Exam duration: 3 h.

The exam will be assessed on an A-F grade scale. Grades are A-E for passed and F for failed. 


Retake is offered in in the beginning of the following semester in cases of grade F or Fail. Deferred examination is offered in the beginning of the following semester if the student is unable to take the final exam due to illness or other exceptional circumstances. Registration deadline for retake is January 15 for autumn semester exams and August 15 for spring semester exams. 

Date for examination

Take-home exam hand out date 24.11.2021 hand in date 24.11.2021

The date for the exam can be changed. The final date will be announced at your faculty early in May and early in November.

Lectures Autumn 2021
Lectures and seminars uni.lekt. Nikola Kovacevic
First lecture: