Human Osteoarchaeology at Winchester9th Nov 2024
The study of ancient human remains can reveal an astonishing amount about life as it was lived in the distant past. Using scientific and medical techniques, archaeologists are able to learn about individuals in incredible detail: age, sex, stature, health status and, occasionally, status and manner of death. From Ötzi the Iceman to Richard III - the science of osteology has been instrumental in adding to our knowledge of some of the greatest archaeological finds of recent years.
This day will introduce the techniques used in the study of archaeological human remains, through introductory lectures and extensive “hands-on” sessions with human remains. A rare opportunity to see a skeletal collection at Winchester Museum stores, led by Dr Katie Tucker from the University of Winchester. Learn basic skeletal anatomy, how to lay out a skeleton, how to determine age and sex and identify evidence of disease and trauma. Privileged encounters with the precious, unique and poignant human remains that have so much to teach us about the past.
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What to Expect
- Discover the scientific methods used to determine age, sex and stature and disease in skeletal remains and try them for yourself
- Learn how bone analysis can enhance our understanding of archaeological sites and social history
- Hands-on session in small group of maximum 12 with an extensive skeletal collection
Day by Day Itinerary
Morning: 09:30 am start
09:30 – We gather at Chilcomb House which is part of Hampshire Cultural Trust in Winchester SO23 8RB
09:45 – Introduction to bones in the archaeological record.
11:00 – Coffee break.
11:15 – Pathological instruction: basic pathologies and trauma.
12:30 – We break for lunch.
13:45 – We take a 2 minute drive or 10 minute walk to the stores where we have special access to the store room, where we learn how to identify and interpret pathologies and trauma in skeletal material to see how diseases such as tuberculosis and leprosy, common conditions such as arthritis, and fractures and injuries, manifest upon bone. This will be followed by a practical session.
16:00 – Final discussion and questions.
16:15 – Disperse.