What secrets do your bones hold? - Introduction to forensic anthropology
Time: 10:30 - 13:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HS220
Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)
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. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
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?
HS272 Science expeditions: past, present and future
Please also look in the science section for other courses that might suit you.
Agata started her career as an archaeologist in Poland. Quite early she discovered her passion about discovering the personal stories of people from the past. This meant she focused her later study on osteology to be more involved with this. Quickly she realized that she could use her skills in a way with more impact on the present. So she started working as an assistant in a forensic anthropology lab in Gdansk, Poland, helping to solve forensic mysteries. She decided that she wanted to study this topic further and moved to UK. She completed her MSc Forensic Anthropology at Bournemouth University in 2016. Since then, she has continued to work in major infrastructure projects in the UK as an archaeologist, team leader and osteologist. Her recent project in central London discovered around 30 thousand skeletons. She also regularly works with archaeologists and the prosecution in other European countries where she helps the prosecution answer questions about deceased people’s identification, life and death and assists archaeologists in examining the health and demography of past populations.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.