VENTURA COUNTY ARCHAEOLOGICAL SOCIETY
The How and Why of Faunal Analysis
Dr. Judy Porcasi, California State University, Channel Islands
Dr. Porcasi will present a primer on the basics of zooarchaeology faunal analysis, now one of the majordisciplines of scientific archaeology. Before the mid-1970s, animal bones found at archaeological sites played little to no role in defining a site or its anthropological context. Bone recovery was often haphazard and usually only highly visible, complete elements were logged in. Little attention was paid to quantities of bone or their possible meaning in terms of human occupation. That has now changed. Animals that coexisted with human populations and were part of society's daily life and survival today provide critical context for anthropological archaeology. Hoe this important discipline works and what it yields is the topic of this talk. Whether you have direct experience working with animal bone, or whether this is entirely new to you, this talk will provide some new insights into faunal analysis.
Second Tuesday of every month (no meetings in July and August) at 7:00 pm
3290 Lang Ranch Pkwy Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
Ventura County Archeological Society (VCAS)
P.O. Box 4172
Thousand Oaks, CA 91359
The VCAS/Ventura County Archaeological Society was established in 1972 when concerned Ventura County citizens as well as local professional and avocational archaeologists saw a need to organize, study and preserve our County's rich prehistoric heritage.
The Society has been instrumental in the implementation of research and preservation goals aimed at our local archaeological resources. With an eye towards the future the Society has a collections and archival curation program, site recordation and monitoring program, and a continuing education program.
101 freeway take Westlake Blvd exit, go to North Westlake Blvd 4 miles to Lang Ranch Pkwy, turn right. Museum is on right hand side