Faculty of Arts


The Anthropology of Human Remains

Please note: this is archived course information from 2018 for ANTHRO 367.


Human remains reflect the lives of the dead as well as the lives of those who buried them. In this course you will be introduced to the various ways in which we study the dead. The course will cover three areas: the interpretation of mortuary practices, the interpretation of past lives from human remains and the practice of burial archaeology in the southern hemisphere.

The course is cotaught with ANTHRO 235 but is designed for students intending to do further study in archaeology or biological anthropology. It focuses upon the reality of archaeological practices including an extensive introduction to human osteology through lab exercises explicitly associated with the six issues addressed routinely to bioarchaeologists: Is it bone?, Is it human?, Is it a child or adult?, Is it male or female?, Is it normal?, What is the burial context?

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this course, you will be equipped with the tools to:

  • Explain the limitations and promises of the analysis of human remains
  • Evaluate analyses of human remains and mortuary practice
  • Apply the first principles of analysis of human remains within an archaeological context
  • Identify and explain what constitutes best practice in relation to human remains
  • Master and demonstrate research skills including development of research
  • Be able to critically evaluate research and concepts relevant to course content

View the course syllabus

Availability 2018

Semester 2


Lecturer(s) Associate Professor Judith Littleton


ANTHRO 367: 15.0 points


ANTHRO 200 or 201 with a minimum B- grade



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