MSc Bioarchaeology: Human Osteology

This exciting and fast-advancing field combines archaeology with branches of the natural sciences to provide insights into past life and death from the study of human skeletal remains. You might examine such issues as health and disease in the Bronze Age, battle trauma in the Middle Ages, Roman funerary practices or sexual division of labour in the Neolithic. You will also have the choice of a wide selection of optional archaeology modules, including the opportunity to also gain skills in animal bone analysis.

Our bioarchaeology lab is dedicated to the study of anatomical variation, palaeopathological conditions, and the funerary context of human and animal remains. In addition to the lab we also have a designated store for our substantial collection of human remains, our facilities help researchers and students examine skeletal remains from a variety of archaeological sites. Amongst our equipment we have anatomical casts and demographic reference standards.