The scientific study of human remains provides the best insight into the lives of our ancestors. Through a series of lectures and seminars you will explore current theories, practice and debates in osteology, palaeopathology and funerary archaeology, including ethics, demography, ageing and sexing techniques, concepts of health, disease, trauma and mortuary practices. We will draw on up-to-date examples from the rich archaeological record that exists in Britain to see what can be learnt about past populations by studying human skeletal assemblages and their associated contexts.
This module will address the questions of how and why we study human remains. It will introduce students to the field of human osteoarchaeology and provide them with a good understanding of the latest techniques used in the analysis of archaeological human remains.
Upon successful completion of the course, students will: