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Human Bone Practicals II - ARC00050M

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  • Department: Archaeology
  • Module co-ordinator: Ms. Malin Holst
  • Credit value: 5 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2021-22

Module summary

In this module, we build on the foundations from Human Bones 1 by focusing on what people in the past looked like using measurements, as well as on palaeopathology, with the aim of developing an understanding of skeletal lesions of disease and trauma and how to distinguish these.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2021-22
B Spring Term 2021-22

Module aims

  • To provide hands-on experience of human skeletal anatomy
  • To demonstrate means of determining life information about the individual
  • To give practical experience of the description and differential diagnosis of disease and trauma

Module learning outcomes

  • To make an informed assessment of the information potential and limits of an archaeological human skeleton
  • To be able to make an informed assessment of the life history of a skeletal individual

Module content

This module will provide hands-on experience of human skeletal anatomy, concentrating on more detailed analysis of the skeleton, such as the identification of non-metric traits and metric skeletal analysis.  This module will focus on the identification of skeletal pathology and trauma in particular. 

This module builds on to Human Bones Practicals 1 - it is essential that students choosing HB2 have completed HB1.


Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Module feedback

Feedback will be available within 4 weeks.

Indicative reading

Cox, M. and Mays, S. (eds) 2000. Human Osteology in Archaeology and Forensic Science (London)  

Roberts, C.A. and Manchester, K. 2005.  The Archaeology of Disease (Stroud)

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.