Topic: Reading BonesoftheAncient Dead
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Anthropology Building 110
Dead men (and women) do tell tales. We will use the methods of Paleopathology (the study of disease in prehistory) to reveal patterns of trauma, nutritional disease, evidence of antibiotic use, infections, markers of activity found on the human skeleton. You will learn the essentials of skeletal biology such as the determination of age, sex, stature, pathology, and activity markers by “hands-on” examination of the human skeleton. The pattern of pathological indicators will be used to reconstruct how our ancestors lived and died. Patterns of disease are not a matter of chance but reflect the culture and environment in which we live. You do not need to have a background in science. An incredible curiosity, the deductive ability of a detective and the tenacity of a scientist are required. A case study approach will be used. Readings will be available on-line. You will be required to write six one page reports and a term paper on an issue raised in the class research.
Required Textbooks, Articles, and Resources
- Reading material will be available online.
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