The archaeology of the human remains

Course Information
TitleΗ αρχαιολογία των ανθρώπινων καταλοίπων / The archaeology of the human remains
CodeΑΠΡ 711
SchoolHistory and Archaeology
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID600015941

Programme of Study: PMS stīn Archaiología, Téchnī kai Politismó

Registered students: 0
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
Proïstorikī ArchaiologíaCompulsory CourseWinter/Spring-15

Class Information
Academic Year2018 – 2019
Class PeriodWinter
Class ID
Course Type 2011-2015
Knowledge Deepening / Consolidation
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
Students who attend the course are expected • to familiarize themselves with the relative bibliography and the ways of searching articles on the specific topic of the seminar • to participate in the contemporary discussion on the thematic of the seminar • to comprehend the theoretical approaches and arguments relative to specific themes • to develop special skills and get trained to the methodological tools which will enrich them with the ability to present orally and in written form their ideas
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an international context
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Respect natural environment
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The seminar will cover primarily issues related to the treatment of the deceased in archaeological populations, aspects of demographic analysis, levels of health and oral status as well as of dietary patterns which can be observed on human skeletal remains. Practical work will include training in human skeletal anatomy, macroscopic techniques for ageing and sexing, recording of metric and non metric traits as well as of pathological lesions affecting the human bones. Methodological issues will be discussed within the context of archaeological case studies from the prehistoric Aegean and Europe so that a thorough understanding of the application of methodological tools to the analysis of skeletal populations will be offered.
treatment of the deceased, demographic analysis, palaeopathology, dietary patterns, macroscopic analysis of skeletal populations, human anatomy
Educational Material Types
  • Slide presentations
  • Multimedia
  • Interactive excersises
  • Selected bibliography
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Laboratory Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Reading Assigment963.2
Field trips and participation in conferences / seminars / activities602
Written assigments1204
Student Assessment
Students will have to study and present weekly selected articles from the Greek or foreign literature in order to develop in a critical way their arguments and get involved in a thorough discussion. In addition, students will have to prepare the oral presentation of a topic which will be selected from a proposed list and will be submitted in written form by the end of the semester. A significant component of the seminar consists of the practical training of the macroscopic methods for recording human skeletal remains.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative, Summative)
Additional bibliography for study
Bass, W. M. 1987. Human Osteology. Columbia: Special Publication of the Missouri Archaeological Society. Brothwell, D.R. 1981. Digging up Bones: The excavation, treatment and study of human skeletal remains. Oxford: British Museum (Natural History), Oxford University Press. Buikstra, J. E. και Ubelaker, D. H. (επιμ.). 1994. Standards for data collection from human skeletal remains. Arkansas: Arkansas Archaeological Survey Research Series. Chamberlain, A. 2006. Demography in Archaeology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Chamberlain, A. και Parker Pearson, M. 2001. Earthly Remains: the history and science of preserved human bodies. London: British Museum Press. Cockburn, A., Cockburn, E. και Reyman, T. A. (επιμ.) 1998. Mummies, disease and ancient cultures. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Hoppa, R. D. και Vaupel, J. W. 2001. Paleodemography. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Larsen, C. S. 1997. Bioarchaeology: interpreting behavior from the human skeleton. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Mays, S. The archeology of human bones. London: Routledge. Roberts, C. και Manchester, K. (επιμ.) 2005. The archaeology of disease. Ithaca: Sutton Publishing Ubelaker, D.H. 1989. Human skeletal remains: Excavation, Analysis, Interpretation. Washington: Smithsonian Institution. Waldron, T. 1994. Counting the dead. Epidemiology of Skeletal Populations. London: J. Wiley & Sons. White, T. D. και Folkens, P. A. 2000. Human osteology. 2nd edition. California: Academic Press, Inc.
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