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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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJi22TxzpRw...
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Introduction to the course

Hello and welcome to this course, Osteoarchaeology, the Truth in Our Bones. In this first, introductory module, you will learn about what this course is about and how it is set up. Watch the first three lectures to learn more about what Osteoarchaeology is, and the topics that you will be exploring each week. Read the course documents to find out more about how you will be graded and the tests you will be taking in each module. You will also find some documents that will help you to get the most out of this MOOC. Good luck! ...
Reading
3 vídeos (Total de 13 min), 9 leituras
Video3 videos
Welcome to the Course! - Course Introduction3min
Course Set-Up7min
Reading9 leituras
Meet the Instructors & Team5min
Welcome to Leiden University!5min
Complete our short survey10min
Basic Anatomical Terminology10min
Names of Bones in the Skeleton10min
Human Skeleton - Learn the Basics10min
Studytips for Studying Online5min
Being Successful in an International Virtual Learning Community - Guidelines5min
Behaving in an Academic Way5min
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Bones to Biography & Demography

Welcome to the first content module of this course! This week is all about introducing you to the primary things that we can learn from nearly all human skeletons. Who are the people who lived in the past? Are they men, women or children? How old did they become, and how tall did they get? We can answer these questions by studying a range of bones contained in the human skeleton. Here, we will be showing you exactly how to do that, and hope you will learn a lot! ...
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11 vídeos (Total de 78 min), 4 leituras, 2 testes
Video11 videos
Adult Age-at-Death Estimation12min
Sex Estimation14min
Stature Reconstruction13min
Discussion: How to?7min
Longbone Length to Estimate Subadult Age2min
Dental Formation to Estimate Subadult Age2min
Pubic Symphysis to Estimate Adult Age2min
Auricular Surface to Estimate Adult Age4min
Using the Phenice Traits to Estimate Sex2min
Using Longbone Length to Estimate Stature1min
Reading4 leituras
Glossary10min
Optional Reading List10min
Instructions: Solve the Mystery 110min
Instructions: Solve the Mystery 210min
Quiz1 exercício prático
Test your Knowledge20min
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5 horas para concluir

Bones to Disease and Trauma

Welcome to the second module! This week is all about disease in the past. How healthy were people really, and what diseases did they suffer from? We will show you how to answer these questions by studying the diseases that can be detected in human skeletal remains. We specifically focus on trauma including bone fractures, but also the diseases rickets and leprosy. ...
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8 vídeos (Total de 62 min), 2 leituras, 3 testes
Video8 videos
Paleopathology: Bone biology6min
Paleopathology: Trauma13min
Paleopatholgy: Rickets9min
Paleopathology: Leprosy10min
Discussion 1, Violence5min
Discussion 2, Modern Medicine3min
Examples of Bone Fractures6min
Reading2 leituras
Glossary10min
Optional Reading List10min
Quiz2 exercícios práticos
Optional Quiz: Pathological or Healthy?10min
Test your Knowledge20min
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Bones to Diet

Welcome to the third module! This week is all about diet in the past. What did people eat in the past and in what proportions? Did different groups of people eat different things, and did their diet change throughout time? This week we will show you how to answer such questions by studying the human skeleton. We will be focussing on the analysis of stable isotopes like Carbon and Nitrogen that can be found in human bones and teeth. ...
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6 vídeos (Total de 47 min), 2 leituras, 2 testes
Video6 videos
Paleodiet: Principles of Stable Isotope Analysis12min
Paleodiet: Stable Isotope Case Study Part 17min
Paleodiet: Stable Isotopes Case Study Part 28min
Paleodiet: Caries in the Maya7min
Discusion: The "Paleodiet" Trend4min
Reading2 leituras
Glossary10min
Optional Reading List10min
Quiz1 exercício prático
Test your Knowledge20min
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5 horas para concluir

Bones to Activity

Welcome to module four! This week is all about activity. What activities did people perform in the past? How did they move about, and how much? We will be answering these questions by studying many different aspects of the skeleton, like long bones, joints, the spine, and even teeth. We will be showing you what all these marks mean, and what they can tell us today about activities performed in the past. ...
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7 vídeos (Total de 53 min), 2 leituras, 2 testes
Video7 videos
Activity: the Musculoskeletal System6min
Activity: Entheseal Changes11min
Activity: Joint Degeneration13min
Activity: Teeth as Tools9min
Activity: Discussion3min
Scoring Entheseal Change3min
Reading2 leituras
Glossary10min
Optional Reading List10min
Quiz1 exercício prático
Test your Knowledge20min
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por 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.

por 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!!!

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Andrea Waters-Rist

Assistant Professor
Faculty of Archaeology

Sobre 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....

Perguntas Frequentes – FAQ

  • 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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