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Archaeology (MSc): Human Osteology and Funerary Archaeology

This specialisation provides you with a detailed background of the methods used to study human bones and teeth in physical anthropology and archaeology. It offers a solid foundation in skeletal and dental anatomy, as well as an understanding of the histology of skeletal tissues, morphological variations, and changes that come with age and/or sex.
The degree also considers diseases that can be diagnosed from bones and teeth and the palaeo-epidemiological insights which can be drawn from them. Furthermore, you are introduced to the methods and standards associated with ancient DNA and isotope analysis.
This specialisation teaches procedures for the excavation of skeletonised human remains along with the standards used for recording them.
In addition, special attention is paid to taphonomic changes that can take place within the grave context. If possible, the osteological laboratory will organise its own excavation.

Please note: if you want to take this MSc as a second specialisation, you will be invited for a compulsory advisory interview before the start of the programme.

Dr. M.L.P. (Menno) Hoogland
Dr. A.L. (Andrea) Waters-Rist