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Bioarchaeology - 10 credits (HS2396)

This course introduces students to the subject of bioarchaeology, an area that includes a number of new and rapidly advancing techniques. It will focus on providing a basic level of understanding of a number of bioarchaeological techniques, including proteins (e.g. DNA), lipid and stable isotope analysis and will include other micro-analytical techniques. The course will demonstrate the applications of these techniques through a consideration of case studies and in particular will closely examine the reconstruction of past human and animal diets. There will be a small practical element to the course with students keeping a food diary and undertaking analysis of a strand of their hair to reconstruct the main components of their diets. The course is assessed through an examination, a short account of the practical work, and an essay exploring one aspect of bioarchaeology.

Staff: Jacqui Mulville
Teaching: 10 lectures; 1 practical class; 1 seminar
Assessment: laboratory work (10%); essay (40%); examination (50%)
Semester: Spring
Limited numbers: 25