Advanced Human Osteology (ARCM405)

15 credits

In this module you will acquire an in-depth understanding of human remains from archaeological contexts. This understanding will also be applicable to the investigation of forensic contexts. The module consists of a consideration of the history of the discipline of biological anthropology, pathological processes, and the physical anthropological techniques employed in the analysis of the human skeletal material. There will be emphasis on the metric and non-metric characterisation of skeletal shape and size and the application of demographic reference standards for age, sex determination and population affinity. The aim of this module is to provide you with the knowledge to assess human remains at both individual and population levels and to interpret the pathological and demographic data in the light of their archaeological or forensic context. It also provides an introduction to the means by which archaeologists can investigate the health and well-being of past human groups.

This module is core for those studying the MSC in Bioarchaeology (Human Osteoarchaeology), but is also available as an option for other master’s students who have the necessary prior understanding of musculo-skeletal anatomy (ARCM414).