IN YOUR BONES: THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF DEATH
Credit points: 15
In this subject students will be introduced to the archaeological analysis of human remains - in order to answer key questions about the lives and deaths of people in the past, and our evolution as a species. We will also explore some of the diverse past societal attitudes towards death in the archaeological record - from the earliest evidence of deliberate and ritual treatments of human remains, to the enshrinement of death, burial, and the afterlife through ritual and religious practices around the world. Through hands-on laboratory classes, the subject will introduce students to a range of scientific techniques that allow us as archaeologists to assess an individual's age at death; their sex; the activities, accidents, and diseases that formed their lives (and often deaths); and even their diets and movements, all of which can be recorded in their (or your) bones. Finally, we will examine the ethical issues stemming from the archaeological analysis of human remains, from modern best-practices to past scandals and abuses.
SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences
Subject Co-ordinatorAndy Herries
Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes
Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG
Available as ElectiveYes
Learning ActivitiesTutorial discussions, workshops and in-class activities.
Prerequisites Students must have completed at least 120cp of subjects OR by subject coordinator's approval
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Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 1, Blended
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Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAndy Herries
Laboratory ClassWeek: 10 - 22
One 1.00 hour laboratory class per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
LectureWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.00 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
Regular on-line quizzes through LMS (800 word equivalent)
Two 750-word workshop assignments (Total 1500 words)
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1500 word essay
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