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
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
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.