- Code BIAN8010
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Biological Anthropology
- Areas of interest Anthropology, Archaeology, Biological Anthropology, Biology
- Academic career PGRD
- AsPr Alison Behie
- Mode of delivery In Person
Second Semester 2020
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This course is designed to explore a series of emerging and intensely debated issues in the discipline of bioarchaeology, and provide advanced training in bioarchaeological methods. Students in this course will take a critical approach to methods employed in the reconstruction of ancient human behaviour from skeletal remains, and will cover topics such as ancient human diet, habitual activity, and ancient bone metabolism. An emphasis will be placed on combining experimental and more classic approaches to the study of the human skeleton, allowing students to identify pressing research questions in bioarchaeology.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
Upon successful completion of this course,
students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Explain and describe how skeletal biology principles that derive from human and non-human animal experimental research inform current interpretations in bioarchaeology.
- Critically analyse bioarchaeological literature through evaluation of published research against alternative interpretations of data.
- Construct scientific hypotheses in bioarchaeological research.
- Learn and practice a bioarchaeological technique.
Indicative AssessmentLaboratory Report, 3000 words (45%) LO 1,2,3,4
Peer-Review Essay, 3000 words (45%) LO 1,2
Tutorial Presentation,15 minutes (10%) LO 1,2
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 12 hours of lectures and 24 hours of tutorials and laboratory practicals; and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Buikstra JE, Beck LA. 2006. Bioarchaeology: The Contextual Analysis of Human Remains. Academic Press.
Crowder C, Stout S. 2011. Bone Histology: An Anthropological Perspective. CRC Press.
Larsen CS. 2015. Bioarchaeology: Interpreting Behaviour from the Human Skeleton. Cambridge University Press.
Assumed KnowledgeKnowledge of basic concepts in bioarchaeology, and required skills in human skeletal identification and/or basics of biological profiling from skeletal remains is expected.
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|8391||27 Jul 2020||03 Aug 2020||31 Aug 2020||30 Oct 2020||In Person||N/A|