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Supporting PowerPoint for the Unit –
Studying Zooarcheology:
Students engage in inquiry science to
solve the mystery of bones
Zooarchaeology
I. Introduction
http://www.pics4learning.com/details.php?img=p1040701.jpg
The hard parts of an animal can
be bones, teeth and shells in
which they lived!
All of these can be used for
decoration, clothing, and tools!
http://www.nativelynx.qc.ca/en/histoire/iroquoiensphoto08.html
www.uwlax.edu/.../earlycultures/images/bone2.jpg
Archaeologists call garbage heaps
MIDDENS
http://www.labradorvirtualmuseum.ca/wem/midden.jpg
Bones found at Fort
Vancouver in July 2010
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© 2010 Deborah Wolf
Archaeologists at work
Fort Vancouver, July 2010
© 2010 Deborah Wolf
An archaeologist excavating.
© 2009 Kate McCourt
http://www.learnnc.org/lp/editions/occaneechiarchaeology-primer/1742
© 2009 Breanne Taylor
Microsoft clipart
http://etc.usf.edu/clipart
http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Anatomy_and_Physiology
_of_Animals/The_Skeleton
http://etc.usf.edu/clipart
http://etc.usf.edu/clipart
Horse femur © 2010 Deborah Wolf
Zooarchaeology Analysis Lab and Comparative Collection
at Central Washington University
http://www.cwu.edu/~anthro/zoo_lab.html
http://www2.umaine.edu/anthropology/AnthroResearch.html
http://www.richardgrubb.com/ZooArch.htm
Use all your senses (except taste) to draw and describe
the bone in the sketch area:
 Look for Modifications on the bone and record on the
card.
 Visit the measuring table and records the weight and
measure the length with your ruler.
 Measure and record the longest part of the bone.
Plan about 10 minutes to finish the data card
Research &
Writings
Bone Collections & Field Notes
http://anthropology.chass.ncsu.edu
Tests
Observations
 You make a conclusion or judgment using reasoning
and not based on direct observations.
 Thinking outside of the box is great!
http://www.newscientist.com/gallery/dn17076-fossil-whale-bone-found-withshark-tooth
http://www.boxvalley.co.uk/nature/sns/wad69/w69-05.asp
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http://www.boxvalley.co.uk/nature/sns/wad69/w69-05.asp
 Let’s record 3 Inferences
 You can answer:
 What could have happened to bring a large horse bone
to a space under a bridge?
 Why does the bone look like that?
 Or?...
What inferences are most likely?
Bronze head of Roman Emperor Claudius found by a young boy at the
River Alde at Rendham, near Saxmundham, Suffolk in 1907.
http://www.britishmuseum.org/explore/highlights/highlight_objects/pe_prb/b/bronze_head_of_claudius.aspx
longearsmall.com/mt/
Arabian Horse by Cecilia Medford at
http://www.pics4learning.com/details.php?img=tara
1.jpg
Marcus Aurelius ADE 180-192.
Marcus Aurelius. Photograph. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. Web. 29 Jan. 2012.
http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/media/123475/Bronze-equestrian-statue-of-the-emperorMarcus-Aurelius-Piazza-del.
Research &
Writings
Bone Collections & Field Notes
http://anthropology.chass.ncsu.edu
Tests
Observations
 What did you learn in today’s lesson?
 How can what you learned be used
during the school year?
?
Vasquez, J. A. (2008). Tools and traits for highly effective science teaching, k-8. Heinemann
Educational Books.
Various images from stock photos and Microsoft clip art galleries.
Lesson plan inspired by:
Rubino, Dareth L. and Hanson, Deborah (2009) CSI for trees. Science and Children, NSTA.
You are welcome to adapt these slides for your own use in an educational setting.
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