Bioarchaeology is the study of all biological materials found in archaeological context in order to provide information about human life in the past including palaeo-economic, palaeo-environmental realms or evolutionary trends.
The main aim of the course is to provide insights into diverse theoretical and analytical approaches and methodologies to the study of bioarchaeology, as well as to advance your knowledge on how to interpret bioarchaeological data from various sources.
In this course, we will discuss some general principles, but the focus will be on the analysis and interpretation of botanical, zoological and human skeletal data.
Two lectures a week;
(Non-assessed) assignments/quizzes on Brightspace (compulsory).
Gain knowledge of the basic principles of taxonomy;
Gain knowledge of the (palaeo)biological techniques used to reconstruct landscapes, palaeo-environments and palaeo-climate;
Gain knowledge of how to use plant fossil and animal assemblages to make palaeo-environmental reconstructions, consider diet, and diverse human activities;
Gain basic knowledge on how to excavate, sample and treat bioarchaeological remains;
Gain knowledge of the human skeleton and osteoarchaeological techniques used to estimate sex, age-at-death, and stature;
Gain knowledge on the ethical considerations associated with human skeletal remains;
Ability to interpret and critically evaluate diverse types of bioarchaeological data.
Course schedule details can be found in MyTimetable.
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Mode of instruction
- One final written exam at the end of the course (2 hours).
All quizzes and assignments have to be completed before the exam can be taken.
A retake of the exam is only possible in case of a fail (in compliance with our teaching rules and regulations) and only when all assignments have been completed.
All assessment deadlines (exams, retakes, paper deadlines etc.) can be found in MyTimetable.
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Deadlines for assignments can be found on Brightspace.
To be published on Brightspace.
For lectures, tutorials, and exams, enrolment through MyStudymap is mandatory.
You are also required to confirm your exam in MyStudymap. No confirmation = no participation!
General information about registration can be found on the Course and Exam Enrolment page.
For more information about this course, please contact dr. L. (Laura) Llorente Rodriguez.