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About the Course

This course is about what we can learn from examining the human skeleton, and how we can use this knowledge to reconstruct the lives of people who lived in the past. In archaeology and anthropology, human skeletal remains can provide unique insights into the past and the present; insights that cannot be gained otherwise. These insights are explored in five main themes spread out over five weeks of learning. First, it is shown how age-at-death, sex and stature can be estimated by the close examination of (archaeological) skeletal remains. In subsequent modules it is shown how human bones can provide information about the diseases and injuries that people suffered from and what they ate. Also, it is shown how the human skeleton provides information about the kinds of activities that people engaged in and about how they migrated and moved around their landscapes. In this course, you will examine all aspects of the human skeleton that can provide us with information about these different facets of life. Together we will explore the scientific field that is known as human osteoarchaeology. - Human, because it is about us and our ancestors, - Osteo, because it is about our bones, - Archaeology, because we use this information to better understand the behaviors and events experienced by past people. During the course, you will decipher the clues left behind in the skeletons of past peoples with the methods and techniques that are presented. You may also discover some clues hidden in your own skeleton and what they reveal about the life that you are living. Want to know more? You can take a look at the course trailer here:

Top reviews


Nov 7, 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.


Nov 20, 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!!!

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By Muhammad A T

May 19, 2020

It is really a useful and informative course.

By Sara C M

Apr 23, 2020

Great content, great lectures and interviews.

By Vlada S

Apr 5, 2021

This was very informative and fun to study!

By Mauritius X

May 15, 2020

short but informative. Good teaching skills

By Julia H

Dec 7, 2019

Great course and very interesting projects.

By Balabanova E

Oct 24, 2021

A very interesting and informative course!

By Franka M

May 6, 2021

very educational and easy to understand :)


Dec 19, 2016

Great course....learned a lot and had fun.

By Marisa L

Sep 30, 2019

Super well structured, useful and clear

By Krystyna S

Feb 20, 2019

Fascinating and very informative course

By Savitha

Aug 13, 2017

It's an amazing course.. I LOVED IT!!

By Martin D G

May 20, 2017

Congratulations for this course!!!

By Sarah S

Apr 25, 2017

Such a fun and interesting course!

By Edith P

Sep 14, 2020

Muito Bom o curso e a experiencia

By Imanol M

Mar 26, 2017

Un curso excelente!!! Enhorabuena

By Pooja G

Sep 7, 2020

Very interesting and informative

By Bart S

Oct 10, 2016

great class, please repeat it!

By Lesana K

Jun 28, 2022

Amazing experience !!!

By Lourdes S

Oct 25, 2020

excellent thanks a lot

By Yve

Aug 2, 2020

An interesting course!

By Gleb E

Mar 26, 2018

Just a perfect course!

By Jewellia T

Sep 25, 2017

Great professors!

By Robin B

Jan 26, 2017

Awesome course =)

By Alfredo J A G

Aug 17, 2017

dis les bendiga

By Claudette D

Oct 12, 2016

Excellent class