|SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR||BIO/05|
Insects represent the 75% of the described animals and several species are associated with human activities.
The study of the insects from archaeological contexts provide usefull information about human activities, human habits, space usage, funeral practices and also about the sanitary conditions of past people and cultures.
The module willl focus especialy on synantropic insects and on insects associated with burrials of archaeological interest providing the student with the tools for applying this important and very informative discipline in real context.
The theoretical part will be supported by a strong practical one.
The module aim is to provide the students with the following ability and knowledge:
1) teoretical and practical explanation of the collection, preparation and storage tecniques of insects (and other artropods) fragments from funerary contexts;
2) decription of the ecological groups of insects associated with huma remains, offerings and contaminations
3) interpretation of the entomological data based on arcaheological hypotheses
4)Evalution of the humans populations based on the ectoparasites collected from the burrials.
Upon successful completion of the module, students will be able to demonstrate a:
The student will be able to demonstrate the ability to:
The module consists of lectures, discussions on real cases and laboratory activities. Since activities are planned to develop data analysis skills and to apply the acquired knowledge during practical and methodological activities, attendance at lessons and lab activity is strongly recommended.
Lectures in the classroom are delivered through multimedia presentations.
The modul syllabus consists on the presentation and discussion of the following topics
The death: Decomposition, mummification, adipocere formation
Insect: General Anatomy, Biology and Physiology
Insect development and reproduction
Factors affecting the insect development and their taphonomy
Systematics (Phylogeny and classification) and General Insect identification
Insects of arcaheological interest
The colonization waves
Factors affecting the body colonisation
Sampling, preparation, identification
Insects from urban contexts
Lesions and alterations caused by animal activities
All the slides used during the lectures and other teaching material will be available on AulaWeb at the end of each cycle of lessons / laboratory activities together with other selected papers in pdf format.
The suggested books are available together with other books for further study at the lecturer office.
Recommended texts for any further information:
David B. Rivers, Gregory A. Dahlem 2014. The Science of Forensic Entomology. Willey Blackwell
STEFANO VANIN (President)
LORIS GALLI (Substitute)
For lessons start and timetable go to the link: https://easyacademy.unige.it/portalestudenti/
Please check also this module Aulaweb page for timetable updates dependent on the sanitary and epidemic situation.
All class schedules are posted on the EasyAcademy portal.
The final mark is subdivided in assesments: a practical with written report and an oral assessment.
The practical test with the written report is related to a case and will cover the lectures and practicals topics.
Students are admitted to the oral exam if the assessment of their written exam is at least 18/30
The oral examination consists of the presentation of the case reported in the written report and in answering to questions on the case.
The final mark is given by the arithmetic average between the scores of the two assesments. The oral examination can be sustained both in the same session as the practical test or in subsequent sessions published on the UNIGE website.
Details on how to prepare for the exam and the degree of detail required for each topic will be provided at the beginning of the course and reiterated during lectures and lab activities.
The written report will verify the effective acquisition of the knoweldge and the the methods of investigation typical of the discipline. The student wull work on a real scenario.
The oral examination will assess the exposition ability of the student and their capacity to defend the conclusion of the case investigation.