nl en

Laboratory Work for Osteoarchaeology


Admission requirements

  • Admission to the MSc programme Human Osteoarchaeology as the first focus area;

  • Palaeopathology obtained.


This is a graduate level laboratory course wherein you will gain hands-on experience with human skeletal remains. You will analyse and identify commingled specimens as well as complete burial reports (including age and sex estimation, palaeopathological analysis).
An excellent knowledge of the human skeleton is expected prior to taking this course.

Course objectives

  • To apply existing knowledge of human skeletal anatomy and pathological conditions to independent analysis;

  • To recognise pathological conditions and identify what injuries or diseases could have been the cause;

  • To assess the range of normal human skeletal morphological variation to accurately determine pathological changes;

  • To increase knowledge about science-based approaches within the field of osteoarchaeology;

  • To refine critical thinking skills.


To be determined individually.

Mode of instruction

Open laboratory time.

Course load

The course load will be distributed as follows:

Laboratory work (5 ec).

Assessment method

Laboratory assignments (100%).

Retakes are not possible.

All exam dates (exams, retakes, paper deadlines etc.) can be found in the MA and MSc examination schedule.
Other individual deadlines (assignments etc.) can be found on BlackBoard.

Reading list

To be announced.


Registration via uSis is mandatory.

  • The Administration Office will register all BA1 students for their tutorials (not lectures; register via uSis!).

  • BA2, BA3, MA/MSc and RMA/RMSc students are required to register for all lectures and tutorials well in time.

  • The Administration Office registers all students for their exams, students are not required to do this in uSis.


For more information about his course, please contact dr. S.A. (Sarah) Schrader or dr. R. (Rachel) Schats.


Compulsory attendance.