Osteoarchaeology: The Truth in Our Bones–A Free Online Course from Universiteit Leiden

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.

Osteoar­chae­ol­o­gy: The Truth in Our Bones will be added to our list, 1,700 Free Online Cours­es from Top Uni­ver­si­ties.

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