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Human Osteology

Location: Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

October 30, 2017 to November 3, 2017

Application Deadline: 
Monday, October 23, 2017

Flyer: PDF icon field_schools_and_intensives_2017.pdf

Program Type

Field school

RPA certified



Flinders University Archaeology Department

Project Director:

Professor Donald Pate

Project Description

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.

Period(s) of Occupation: Forensic

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

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Minimum age: 

Experience required: 
None required

Room and Board Arrangements

Self organised

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: 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. Non-Flinders Australian participants (domestic short course participants) AUD$1750 postgraduate topic fee (inclusive of GST). Overseas Participants (international short course participants) AUD$3000 tuition fee (inclusive of GST). Upon successful completion of this short course all short course participants (i.e. all non-enrolled non-Flinders participants, both domestic and international) will receive a Certificate of Achievement which states that this short course is equivalent to completion of the Flinders University topic ARCH8408.

Academic Credit

Number of credits offered 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


Contact Information
Professor Donald pate
C/- Department of Archaeology, Flinders University, GPO Box 2100
South Australia
+61 8 8201 2067