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Approx. 33 hours to complete

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Beginner Level

Approx. 33 hours to complete

Suggested: This course consists of 5 weeks of study, with about four to six hours of study required each week. ...

English

Subtitles: English, Spanish

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
2 hours to complete

Introduction to the course

3 videos (Total 13 min), 9 readings
3 videos
Welcome to the Course! - Course Introduction3m
Course Set-Up7m
9 readings
Meet the Instructors & Team5m
Welcome to Leiden University!5m
Complete our short survey10m
Basic Anatomical Terminology10m
Names of Bones in the Skeleton10m
Human Skeleton - Learn the Basics10m
Studytips for Studying Online5m
Being Successful in an International Virtual Learning Community - Guidelines5m
Behaving in an Academic Way5m
3 hours to complete

Bones to Biography & Demography

11 videos (Total 78 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
11 videos
Adult Age-at-Death Estimation12m
Sex Estimation14m
Stature Reconstruction13m
Discussion: How to?7m
Longbone Length to Estimate Subadult Age2m
Dental Formation to Estimate Subadult Age2m
Pubic Symphysis to Estimate Adult Age2m
Auricular Surface to Estimate Adult Age4m
Using the Phenice Traits to Estimate Sex2m
Using Longbone Length to Estimate Stature1m
2 readings
Glossary10m
Optional Reading List10m
1 practice exercise
Test your Knowledge20m
4 hours to complete

Bones to Biography & Demography: Lesson Choices

2 readings, 2 quizzes
2 readings
Instructions: Solve the Mystery 110m
Instructions: Solve the Mystery 210m
Week
2
3 hours to complete

Bones to Disease and Trauma

8 videos (Total 62 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
8 videos
Paleopathology: Bone biology6m
Paleopathology: Trauma13m
Paleopatholgy: Rickets9m
Paleopathology: Leprosy10m
Discussion 1, Violence5m
Discussion 2, Modern Medicine3m
Examples of Bone Fractures6m
2 readings
Glossary10m
Optional Reading List10m
2 practice exercises
Optional Quiz: Pathological or Healthy?10m
Test your Knowledge20m
4 hours to complete

Bones to Disease and Trauma: Lesson Choices

2 quizzes
Week
3
2 hours to complete

Bones to Diet

6 videos (Total 47 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
6 videos
Paleodiet: Principles of Stable Isotope Analysis12m
Paleodiet: Stable Isotope Case Study Part 17m
Paleodiet: Stable Isotopes Case Study Part 28m
Paleodiet: Caries in the Maya7m
Discusion: The "Paleodiet" Trend4m
2 readings
Glossary10m
Optional Reading List10m
1 practice exercise
Test your Knowledge20m
4 hours to complete

Bones to Diet : Lesson Choices

2 quizzes
Week
4
3 hours to complete

Bones to Activity

7 videos (Total 53 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
7 videos
Activity: the Musculoskeletal System6m
Activity: Entheseal Changes11m
Activity: Joint Degeneration13m
Activity: Teeth as Tools9m
Activity: Discussion3m
Scoring Entheseal Change3m
2 readings
Glossary10m
Optional Reading List10m
1 practice exercise
Test your Knowledge20m
4 hours to complete

Bones to Activity: Lesson Choices

2 quizzes
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Top reviews from Osteoarchaeology: The Truth in Our Bones

By SSNov 8th 2016

Very informative, a good grounding in the subject, I really felt like I gained a lot of valuable knowledge on the subject that will help me in future endeavors. Very well put-together and organized.

By PBNov 21st 2016

I took this course to find out what osteoarchaeology was all about. Excellent, excellent course! Well planned, laid out and , and very interesting. I have learned a lot. Thank you!!!

Instructor

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Andrea Waters-Rist

Assistant Professor
Faculty of Archaeology

About Universiteit Leiden

Leiden University is one of Europe's foremost research universities. This prominent position gives our graduates a leading edge in applying for academic posts and for functions outside academia. Leiden University is the oldest university in the Netherlands. It was founded in February 1575, as a gift from William of Orange to the citizens of Leiden after they had withstood a long siege by the Spanish. Our motto is: Praesidium Libertatis — Bastion of Liberty....

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Once you enroll for a Certificate, you’ll have access to all videos, quizzes, and programming assignments (if applicable). Peer review assignments can only be submitted and reviewed once your session has begun. If you choose to explore the course without purchasing, you may not be able to access certain assignments.

  • When you purchase a Certificate you get access to all course materials, including graded assignments. Upon completing the course, your electronic Certificate will be added to your Accomplishments page - from there, you can print your Certificate or add it to your LinkedIn profile. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free.

  • The course consists of five weeks, each week dealing with a different aspect of what we can learn from the human skeleton in an archaeological context.

    Each week is concluded with a multiple choice quiz about that week's subject, as well as a "Solve the Mystery" exercise that involves students analyzing a fictional skeleton using the knowledge they have gained in that week. The final course grade is based on a combination of the grades received for these two exercises each week.

    Course Content

    Week 1 The Osteobiography. Estimating age in adults and subadults, estimation of sex and stature.

    Week 2 Paleopathology. Different types of disease and trauma that can be detected in the human skeleton.

    Week 3 Paleodiet. Using stable isotope analysis and dental disease to reconstruct diet in the past.

    Week 4 Activity Reconstruction. Using entheseal change, joint degeneration and teeth to reconstruct activity in the past.

    Week 5 Mobility and Migration. Using long bone morphology, Strontium isotopes and ancient DNA to reconstruct mobility and migration.

  • No, that is not necessary. All the study materials needed to complete this course, are provided during the MOOC.

    Of course, if you want to learn more, you can always look for more (free) information online, or even buy a book on a particular subject.

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