Osteoarchaeology is concerned with the study of both human and animal remains from archaeological sites. This course provides practical skills in the identification and analysis of both human and animal bones, while providing a theoretical archaeological underpinning focused on the interpretation of human and animal remains in the context of the diet, health, natural environment, economy, social and ritual activities of past human societies.
The opportunity to study both animals and human remains as part of the same course is of great benefit as the two sets of analytical skills complement and strengthen each other.
There are option units within this osteoarchaeology course that will enable you to tailor your learning. It also provides the opportunity if you have a particular preference or aptitude for either animal or human remains the chance to specialise your studies in either area. The course is delivered by an experienced and enthusiastic team who are leading experts in their fields.
A good Bachelors Honours degree, 2:2 or above in a relevant subject area or equivalent professional experience
We welcome students on this course for both full-time and part-time study. For those wishing to complete the course on a part-time basis, the course is studied over two years. Students will be expected to study a minimum of three units per year, plus their dissertation (usually towards the end of their second year). The timetable of when the units take place vary each year, however, the units are timetabled during daytime hours, and will be studied with fellow full-time students.
Principles & Methods in Zooarchaeology
Humans, Animals and Diet
Advanced Human Osteology
Options - choose two of the following:
Past Environmental Change
Professional Practice in Post-Excavation
Human Skeletal Analysis
Graduates from this course have a good employment record within the archaeological profession in the UK and abroad. Graduates have taken employment as human osteoarchaeologists and zooarchaeologists for archaeological field units, on research projects, and for bodies such as English Heritage. Graduates have also taken up further postgraduate research at PhD level.
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