What is the course about?
This course will let you discover how much we can learn about persons and societies by only looking at human remains. We will also explore whether all skeletons really are the same.
This is a live online course. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
• How to establish the sex of a skeleton.
• How to establish the age of a skeleton
• How to calculate how tall a person was
• How to tell the origins of persons
• What an individual person can tell us about a whole population.
• What diseases or traumas they suffered?
• Can we tell how they died?
• Most importantly, can we tell how they lived?
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Identify the main bones of a human skeleton
• Understand the variation of human skeletons
• Understand methods used to build a biological profile (sex, age, stature, ancestry)
• Discuss the limitation of those methods
• Explain how learning about an individual can help us shape a view on society as a whole.
• Understand how lifestyles, work, diet, and diseases affect your skeleton.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an introductory level course and is open to all, no prior knowledge of the subject is required but you need a good grasp of English to keep up with the course and be able to participate in the discussions.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught in several ways including presentation with visual examples, discussion and practical exercise.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Just bring pen and notepad. There won’t be any extra costs to the course.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Look in the science section for other courses.