Topic ID #37816 - posted 12/19/2016 6:09 PM

Human Osteology - South Australia


30 October-3 November, 2017

Flinders University



This is an intensive lab topic that provides students with a detailed introduction to the human skeleton. In addition to the identification of all components of the skeleton, students will learn the range of biological and chemical information that is recorded in the human skeleton. In relation to archaeology and forensic science, the topic provides knowledge regarding the location, identification, recovery, and analysis of human remains occurring in field contexts. Key information regarding biological age, sex, stature, geographic origin, behavioral attributes, and chronometric dating are addressed. Workshops provide the essential hands-on practical component of teaching and learning in human osteology.



(Note: This schedule may change)

Module 1:  Introduction to the Human Skeleton

Module 2:  The Vertebrate Skeleton: Animal vs. Human

Module 3:  Analysis of Human Skeletal Remains: Age at Death Determination

Module 4:  Analysis of Human Skeletal Remains: Sex and Ancestry Determination

Module 5:  Analysis of Human Skeletal Remains: Metric and Non-Metric

Module 6:  Analysis of Human Skeletal Remains: Paleopathology

Module 7:  Forensic Anthropology and Identification from Human Remains


This short course can be undertaken by enrolled Flinders students or members of the wider community. There are different costs associated with this short course depending on your enrolment.

Please refer to the following link for more details.

Flinders University Students

Flinders students should enrol in the topic ARCH8408 through the normal online enrolment process.  Please note that a quota will apply to this topic which will require you to contact the Topic Coordinator prior to enrolment.


The normal 4.5 unit topic fee for archaeology (students may choose to defer payment via HECS or FEE-HELP) will apply. Enrolled international students are liable for normal international tuition fees.

By completing this topic as a short course you may be eligible to receive credit for it at another Institution.  For further information regarding your eligibility to receive credit, please refer to the Credit Transfer Policy (or equivalent) of the Institution at which you are seeking credit

For further information

If you need further information please contact the Project Director, Professor Donald Pate, in the Department of Archaeology:



c/- Department of Archaeology,

Flinders University

GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia


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