The following evening course, run by Leeds Museums, may be of interest to attendees of Café Scientifique:
The frequency of news reports in the media involving human skeletal remains is evidence of the continuing importance of this area of study. This series of six sessions will involve the hands-on study of human skeletal remains comprising a small part of the archaeological collections at Leeds Museum Discovery Centre. We hope that people will enjoy this rare opportunity to connect with collections held in trust for future generations and communities of Leeds.
The course is an introduction to the basics of human skeletal analysis and, as no previous knowledge is assumed, it is suitable for both the curious novice and more casually knowledgeable person.
The practical sessions will be run as a group activity but with opportunities for individuals to work at their own pace. Each group will be allocated the same skeleton for study throughout but with the occasion to examine all the material available.
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Session 1: Tuesday 11th June 2013
The Human remains debate and the importance of understanding life histories.
Practical session: The identification of skeletal remains, introduction to skeletal anatomy, the basic terms used to identify bones, looking at the teaching skeleton, comparing and recording skeletal remains.
Session 2: Tuesday 18th June 2013
Skeletal remains in Archaeology: Excavation, identification, recording, post-excavation analysis. Case studies.
Practical session: Damage distribution, the importance of understanding taphonomy.
Session 3, 4 and 5:
Theme ‘We’re all individuals, or are we?’
Through practical analysis and discussion, these three sessions will focus on the importance of population studies – the distribution of sex and age at death in populations, bias and the significance of the data collected and its interpretation.
Session 3: Tuesday 25th June 2013
Practical session: Methods for determining age
Session 4: Tuesday 2nd July 2013
Practical session: Methods for determining sex
Session 5: Tuesday 9th July 2013
Practical session: Methods for the estimation of stature
Session 6: Tuesday 16th July 2013
Practical session: Pulling it all together, reporting on your group skeleton; whole group discussion of knowledge gained and potential for more analysis.
A brief introduction to the implications for further study; pathology and activity.