IN YOUR BONES: DIETS, DNA, AND OSTEOARCHAEOLOGY

ARC3DDO

2020

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, students will learn about the range of scientific techniques that allow us to analyse human bones in order to answer key questions about the lives of ancient peoples. The subject will introduce students to a range of techniques that archaeologists use to assess an individual's age at death, their sex, and even the activities, accidents and diseases that formed their lives - and that are recorded in their bones. Particular focus will be paid to the theory, practice, and ethics of scientific techniques such as ancient DNA analysis; stable isotope analysis; and the direct dating of human bones - exploring how these techniques, in combination with osteological analysis, can inform us about the diet of ancient peoples, the migration and movement of past communities and individuals, their stature, the diseases they suffered from, the trauma they suffered, and our very evolution as a species.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorCristina Valdiosera

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Students must have completed at least 120cp of subjects OR by subject coordinator's approval

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsARC3SCI

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Readings

Biomolecular Archaeology: An Introduction

Resource TypeRecommended

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorBrown & Brown

Year2011

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherWiley

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Archaeological Chemistry

Resource TypeRecommended

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorPollard & Heron

Year2008

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherRoyal Society of Chemistry

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Career Ready

Career-focusedNo

Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

COMMUNICATION - Communicating and Influencing
DISCIPLINE KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Creativity and Innovation
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Research and Evidence-Based Inquiry
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Ethical and Social Responsibility

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Demonstrate the ability to locate and appropriately use relevant sources investigate and present justifiable arguments about the validity and usefulness of scientific techniques applied to osteoarchaeological remains.
02. Explain and discuss scientific techniques applied to human osteoarchaeological remains in both the field and the laboratory. This includes the principles behind the techniques and what they are used for and their limitations.
03. Examine and analyse scientific data applied to archaeological problems, generating arguments based on appropriate graphical and numerical manipulations
04. Synthesise and communicate an understanding of current trends, arguments, and controversies in areas of archaeological and forensic science.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2020, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorCristina Valdiosera

Class requirements

Laboratory Class Week: 10 - 22
One 1.00 h laboratory class per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 2.00 h lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*
Regular on-line quizzes through LMS (800 word equivalent)N/AN/AN/ANo20 SILO1, SILO2
Two 750-word workshop assignments (Total 1500 words)N/AN/AN/ANo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3
1500 word essayN/AN/AN/ANo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO4