During his work, the archaeozoologist encounters various sources related to everyday human life in the past. These include not only fragments of broken pots, lost or destroyed ornaments, and tools, but also animal bones. Animal remains are important finds which help us to look for answers to many important questions like what kind of meat was on the tables of our ancestors and when were certain dishes common?, were animals bred locally or imported from other regions?, and were they farmed or hunted? During the archeology classes conducted by the Archeology Club, students of the Edison school became familiar with the work of archaeozoologists (archaeologists specializing in the study of animal bones). During the lessons, young archaeologists learn when humans started breeding different species of animals and for what puposes they were used in the past and present. The primary task of the archeozoologist is recognizing the species and anatomical category of animal bones from excavations. This task has also been taken up by our students, so that they know what the differences betweeen the skeletons of cattle, horses, pigs and deer are. These classes show the children that the work of an archaeozoologist requires not only knowledge and experience, but also perceptiveness.
M. Gostkowski, M. Miścicki