This module builds on the first year module Introduction to Archaeological Science where students have been introduced to the scientific methods used in the study of human skeletal material.
Through the term, students will be expected to develop their skills in critiquing a specialist report (students write their own specialist report in the co-requisite module the following term so it is important that they understand good practice). The formative assessment is designed to provide training and a similar summative assessment is handed in at the end term. Students will be encouraged to keep a lab notebook during term (which will help when it comes to the Team Project in the summer term) and they will be assessed on the practical skills they have acquired during practical sessions through the term in a class test.
Module will run
Spring Term 2018-19
This module aims to give laboratory experience in studying human skeletal and dental remains
Demonstrate the important and useful contribution that bioarchaeology can make to the wider discipline of archaeology
To develop a familiarity with the human skeleton
To understand the information potential and limitations of human bone analysis
Module learning outcomes
By the end of the module, students should be able to:
Be familiar with human anatomy and learn the names of the bones in the human skeleton
Assess age and sex of human remains
Learn how to calculate living height and identify non-metric traits
Identify, describe and diagnose some pathological lesions