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Human Osteoarchaeology (interdisciplinaire minor)


Human Osteoarchaeology is the study of ancient human skeletal remains. The human skeleton is one of the most important keys to understanding the past, as it provides primary evidence – the people themselves. Analysis of a human skeleton can reveal an individual’s age, sex, diet, illnesses, and activities. Students will learn how to identify human bones and teeth, determine age, sex, and stature and how individuals may have lived their lives in the past. They will be introduced to scientific methods that can be applied to the study of human remains. Students will learn about funerary archaeology, and will see how different burial customs and environments influence what is preserved in the archaeological record. Students will gain hands-on experience analysing and excavating skeletons.

The languages of instruction are English and Dutch.

This interdisciplinary minor is run in cooperation with the LUMC and the Faculty of Archaeology.

There are no prerequisites for this minor. The program is aimed towards students studying Medicine, Biomedical Sciences, Archaeology, Cultural Anthropology, Criminology, Forensic Sciences, and Biology.

Minimum/maximum number of participants: 15/40.

Enrolment through uSis is foreseen from May 5th till July 1st 2010.

N.B. Students who do not take the full 30 EC minor, but a 15 EC package instead, are also requested to enrol through uSis for the full minor programme. Adjustments to a 15 credit programme will be dealt with in uSis at a later moment in time.

Update July 2010

Students who have enrolled through uSis will be contacted by email in week 34 with more information on the programme, Blackboard, timetable, etc. The programme starts in week 36. Please refer to the modules below for preliminary timetables.