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Lifelong Learning

Introduction to Human Skeletal Remains

Human skeletal remains are one of the few classes of evidence which give archaeologists direct contact with people who lived in the past. Consequently, human bones can tell us much about such vital topics as past lifestyles, diets, subsistence practices and diseases.

Viking mass grave

This module will introduce you to the archaeology of human skeletal remains and will cover the techniques for their identification, analysis and interpretation. The course will begin by introducing you to the study of human skeletal remains in archaeology, before providing you with practical experience of how to identify human bones. You will then learn how to analyse human skeletal material and consider how the results of such analyses are used to produce interpretations of the past. At all times, the course will allow you to undertake practical work to facilitate your learning experience. Emphasis will be placed on the study of material from British sites and examples may be drawn from a variety of periods.

Course date/time:

Mondays 7:30pm - 9:30pm, starting 30th January 2012


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