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The Deep Dig

Animal Stories: Learning from Zooarchaeology - Part 1

Thursday, February 03, 2022 |
6:30PM - 8:00PM ET

This is a virtual event.
Kate Moore holding a large animal jawbone for a class in a lab.


Virtual Event - Penn Museum


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The Deep Dig offers in-depth adult classes taught by Penn professors and graduate students. These specially designed online courses are more academic in nature and guide participants through subjects connected to the Penn Museum’s collection and research. In addition to engaging lectures from the expert, digital readings, online archival research, and access to videos help adult scholars dig deeply into a range of topics.

During this Deep Dig, we will spend each class session virtually in the Zooarchaeology Lab in the Center for the Analysis of Archaeological Materials (CAAM). Studying a different archaeological site each week, we will explore the range of issues that zooarchaeologists can address using ancient animal bone. Complex biological and social relationships will emerge from considering animals and humans together. From the zooarchaeology of Pennsylvania in the 18th century to the early ceremonial center of Chiripa, Bolivia, in 1000 BC, your instructor will take a single sample from each site and examine it closely using various scientific approaches. We will consider both the lives of animals in the care of humans and the lives of humans as they depended on animal herds and companions.

Katherine Moore (A.B. Washington University St. Louis, M.A., Ph.D. University of Michigan) is the Mainwaring Teaching Specialist for Zooarchaeology in the Center for Analysis of Archaeological Materials (CAAM) at the Penn Museum, and a Practice Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Penn. A native of Delaware, she first visited the Penn Museum with her family in 1966, taught her first Penn course in 1999, and taught the first course in CAAM in 2014. She works on ancient animal bones that are the remains of food, pets, pests, and herd animals, untangling the multiple roles that people have had in the lives of animals. Her main work is in the Andes of South America, but she is also experienced in the zooarchaeology of North America, Central America, and Central Asia. Her current research concerns the earliest hunters along the Andes Mountains, studying animal bone collections from rock shelter sites near grasslands and lake edges above 15,000 feet.

$175 General | $125 Member

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