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Boiling Bones!

Professor Brunson’s course ARCP257: Environmental Archaeology examines how data gathered from ancient plant remains, animal remains, and soils can be used to interpret past human-environmental interactions. In Spring 2020, students learned about the importance of modern comparative collections for identifying zooarchaeological assemblages. As a class project, students worked in groups to prepare, clean, and catalog animal skeletons purchased from local butchers and Asian markets. It was stinky work, but provided a great way to learn anatomy! The Environmental Archaeology Lab collections now have two duck skeletons, a bisected pig skull, a salmon skull, and a catfish skeleton available for future courses and research.