Human Bone Practical Skills 1
This practical course will give you an introduction to the key basic skills required to analyse human skeletal remains. Initially, you will learn to identify human bone and lay out a skeleton in the correct anatomical position. This will be followed by a series of further practicals in which you will apply the main osteological techniques that are used to estimate age and sex in adult and age in non-adult human skeletons.
This module will provide a strong basis for further advanced osteological analysis, such as assessing pathologies, stature, metric and non-metric traits; these topics will be covered in the second human bone skills module.
- to provide hands-on experience of the latest techniques used in the osteological analysis of archaeological human remains
- to demonstrate the systematic identification of different bones within the human skeleton
- to demonstrate the principles behind and explain how to apply techniques to determine age and sex from skeletal remains
Upon completion of this module you should:
- be able to make informed identifications of human skeletal elements
- be able to assess age-at-death and sex from archaeological human remains
- be aware of variability in skeletal preservation
- have a greater appreciation of the level of detail and confidence with which human remains can be investigated and interpreted
- be able to fill out standard osteological recording forms relating to the topics covered in the module