Advanced Human Osteology (ARCM405)

15 credits

In this module you will acquire an in-depth understanding of human remains from archaeological and forensic contexts. The module consists of a consideration of the physical anthropological techniques employed in the analysis of human skeletal remains. 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 and sex determination. 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.