Brandeis University

    ANTH 116A: Human Osteology

    Instructor: Javier Urcid
    Prerequisites: None
    Course Description: <b>This course will be a traditional on-campus course in Summer 2022</b><br>Human Osteology reviews in detail human skeletal anatomy for the proper identification of the bones in the body, their biomechanical articulations, and their relationship with the muscular system. Focus is then directed to studying forensic methods and techniques for the estimation of age at the time of death, determination of sex, assessment of type of bone remodeling, identification of cultural modifications to bone, and of the impact of environmental processes on bony tissue. Hands-on laboratory sessions involve team analysis of human remains from the comparative collection in the Archaeology Laboratory at Brandeis. The course combines lectures, class discussions, trans-media materials, and a hands-on project where students-- organized in groups--use the human skeletal comparative collection to collect data and write a research paper that mimics a forensic report on a set of commingled and highly fragmented remains. For this project students are challenged to determine the minimum number of individuals represented in the sample, the estimation of their age at the time of death, the determination of the chromosomal sex, the presence or absence of bone remodeling that may have been caused by disease or trauma, and presence or absence of cultural modifications to the remains. The lectures make use of PowerPoint presentations that deploy images, sparse text, and links to documentary clips, TED talks, and an online dictionary (to clarify the etymology of Greek and Roman anatomical terms).
    Session: Session II
    Day: T, W, Th
    Time: 1:50pm - 4:20pm
    Credit Hours: 4 Credits
    Course Format: On-Campus Course for Summer 2022
    Brandeis Graduation Requirement Fulfilled: SS, SN
    Enrollment Limit:
    Course Classification: Undergraduate Level Course
    Course Tuition: $3,290
    Course Fees: None
    Open to High School Students: No