5 Day "Introduction to Human Osteology"
Sponsored by University of Sheffield Department of Archaeology
Monday, March 18, 2013 to Friday, March 22, 2013


The University of Sheffield Department of Archaeology has a long history of teaching and research in human osteology. Members of our current research team have a wealth of professional and practical experience, and have worked extensively on projects in the UK and Europe, as well as other areas of the world. Our combined research interests cover a variety of subjects and time periods, from early hominid evolution to post medieval cemetery populations.

This course will be taught in our main osteology laboratory using the department’s human skeletal reference collection. We aim to provide participants with an overview of human skeletal anatomy and a variety of osteological methods, in order to convey understanding and recognition of standard osteological practice and help participants gain confidence when dealing with human skeletal material.

Course Content

Participants will begin to develop skills in:

  • Understanding of human musculoskeletal anatomy
  • Understanding the principles of excavating human skeletal material
  • Recording a skeleton both in the field and the laboratory
  • Estimating age, sex, and stature
  • Indentifying key features of both juvenile and adult dentition
  • Understanding the fundamental characteristics of bone microstructure
  • Recognising dental and non-dental pathology
  • Interpreting osteological findings and relating them to the wider archaeological context

Course venue

The course will be held at Northgate House, the University of Sheffield’s Archaeology Department on West Street. Northgate House is a five-minute tram-ride from Sheffield Station and a five minute walk from the city centre.

Tea/coffee will be provided but lunch is not included in the price of the course. There is a wide choice of sandwich bars, pubs and restaurants less than two minutes walk from the department.

Accommodation is not provided in the price of this course. However, the course organisers are happy to offer recommendations to suit any budget.


Registration for this course is now open. Places cost £400 per person (£340 for a limited number of concessionary places), and can be booked at our online shop by clicking on the link below.


Registration will close on Friday 8th March 2013.

Cancellations and Refunds

Refund requests should be made by email to the course organisers, no less than 7 days before the start of the course. We will endeavour to fill the course place, and in the event that a replacement is found a full refund will be made. If a replacement cannot be found a refund of 50% of the course fee will be made for cancellations made more than 7 days before the start of the course. No refund will be made for cancellations made less than 7 days before the course start date.

If you are experiencing any difficulty please contact us as early as possible.

Contact Information
Lauren McIntyre
0114 2222948

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