Taught by Andrea Waters-Rist from Universiteit Leiden, Osteoarchaeology: The Truth in Our Bones explores “what we can learn from examining the human skeleton, and how we can use this knowledge to reconstruct the lives of people who lived in the past.” The course description continues:
In archaeology and anthropology, human skeletal remains can provide unique insights into the past and the present; insights that cannot be gained otherwise.
These insights are explored in five main themes spread out over five weeks of learning. First, it is shown how age-at-death, sex and stature can be estimated by the close examination of (archaeological) skeletal remains. In subsequent modules it is shown how human bones can provide information about the diseases and injuries that people suffered from and what they ate. Also, it is shown how the human skeleton provides information about the kinds of activities that people engaged in and about how they migrated and moved around their landscapes
You can take Osteoarchaeology: The Truth in Our Bones for free by selecting the audit option upon enrolling. If you want to take the course for a certificate, you will need to pay a fee.
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