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Osteoarchaeology 2


Compulsory attendance


Admission requirements

Osteoarchaeology 1 obtained.


The aim of this course is to build upon the identification and analysis skills you learned in Osteoarchaeology 1. Students will learn techniques associated with estimating sex, age-at-death, stature, and ancestry from human skeletal material.
There will also be a brief introduction to palaeopathology and palaeodiet analyses.

Every week will consist of a 2-hour lecture, with four lab exercises interspersed through the block (in weeks 2, 3, 5 and 6). This course places strong emphasis on laboratory assignments in order to teach students how to properly use and apply key methods.

Course objectives

  • Learn how to estimate sex from adult cranial and post-cranial material;

  • Learn how to estimate adult age at death using dental and skeletal methods;

  • Learn how to determine stature and body size using anthropometric measurements;

  • Learn how to recognise commonly encountered pathological lesions and trauma in bones and teeth;

  • Become familiar with basic palaeodemographic parameters and problems;

  • Become familiar with methods for estimation of ancestry and reconstruction of diet.


Course schedule details can be found in the BA3 time schedule.

Mode of instruction

  • Weekly 2-hour lecture;

  • Four 2-hour laboratory exercises;

  • Anatomy museum visit.

Assessment method

  • Four laboratory exercises;

  • Final exam.

Assessment deadline

All assessment deadlines (exams, retakes, paper deadlines etc.) can be found in the examination schedule.

Reading list

  • T.D. White & P.A. Folkens, The Human Bone Manual. Academic Press (2005);

  • Articles and chapters posted on Blackboard by the instructor.


Register for this course via uSis.
Instructions for registration can be found in the uSis manual.

Contact information

For more information about this course, please contact mw. dr. A.L. Waters.