Archaeology (MSc): Human Osteoarchaeology
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.
There are prerequisites and a minimum grade point average required for admission to this specialisation. Depending upon an applicant’s experience and motivation those lacking these requirements may be invited to participate in a pre-Master’s qualification programme.*
Dr. M.L.P. (Menno) Hoogland
Dr. A.L. (Andrea) Waters-Rist