During this one-week hands-on beginners course, we aim to
- provide participants with a working knowledge of human osteology;
- provide an ethical framework for dealing with human remains;
- provide an overview of the informational value of human remains for different fields, including a brief introduction to biomolecular methods;
- provide hands-on experience with human remains;
- familiarize them with the relevant tools and resources for them to subsequently broaden as well as deepen this knowledge;
- put them in contact with a network of biological anthropologists.
The following topics will be covered:
- the human skeleton (overview)
- ethical framework
- basic bone biology
- anatomical terminology
- cranial anatomy
- postcranial anatomy
- common anatomical variation
- macroscopic ways to determine whether bone is human or animal
- basic osteobiographical techniques for age and sex estimation (introduction)
- basic pathology: how to recognize pathological lesions (introduction)
- basic biomolecular sampling techniques
Participants who have successfully completed this course
- can distinguish human from animal bone;
- can reconstruct al human skeleton;
- are actively aware of the complexity of the human skeleton;
- are actively aware of what parts are located where in the human body;
- can correctly identify the most important human bones and determine the side (left / right);
- can also correctly identify the smaller, more complex bones;
- are actively aware of the presence of more skeletal parts in the remains of immature individuals;
- have a basic knowledge of the techniques for determining age and sex, and know where to find more information about this;
- have a basic knowledge of pathological features on the human skeleton;
- have a basic knowledge of biomolecular techniques and possible sampling;
- have insight into the proper ethical handling of human remains.
- Monday 4th September to Friday 8th September 2023
- Monday – Thursday: 9.30am – 4.30pm: 1,5h lecture followed by 4,5h practical (individual as well as small groups (2-3 persons) with complete skeletons as well as loose fragements, examples of age and sex, pathological elements, and animal material for comparison)
- Friday: 9.30am – 4.30pm Study time and evaluation
- Gent, Campus Rommelaere
- max 15 participants
- Certificate of evaluation
- Language: English
This course is aimed at
- professionals working in medicolegal fields, rescue services, field archaeology, museums;
- (PhD) students in history and archaeology looking to gain a better understanding of osteology in archaeological contexts;
- anyone who has an interest in learning more about human skeletal anatomy.
No prior knowledge or experience required
- €975 standard registration fee
- €775 for (PhD) students and job seekers
- At checkout, you can indicate whether you are eligible for a discount.
- Are these prices not feasible for you? Contact us. Together we will look for a solution.
Deze opleiding is een initiatief van het ArcheOs laboratorium van de vakgroep Archeologie, UGent.