MSc in Skeletal and Dental Bioarchaeology


Co-ordinator: Simon Hillson
Other Major Contributors: Tony Waldron, Anna Clement

This degree gives students a detailed background in the methods used to study bones and teeth in archaeology and physical anthropology. It provides a grounding in skeletal and dental anatomy, as well as an understanding of the histology of dental and skeletal tissues, morphological variations, and changes with age and/or sex. The degree also considers diseases that can be diagnosed from bones and teeth and the palaeoepidemiological insights we can draw from them. Students will learn procedures for excavating skeletonised human remains along with the standards used for recording them, and will have the opportunity to apply these methods to a small group of previously excavated skeletons and write a basic report. The degree focuses on the remains of Late Pleistocene and Holocene hominids (particularly anatomically modern humans, but including Neanderthals). There are no formal pre-requisites for students taking this course. .

Please note that this degree will not run in 2014/15 and is being replaced by the MSc in Bioarchaeology and Forensic Anthropology.

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