Medieval skull of an adult male
with an unhealed sword injury
from Kilroot, Co. Antrim.
18th Century Headstone,
The module will have three main themes – human osteoarchaeology and its contribution to our understanding of life in the past, the study of funerary monuments, and disease and its impact on past societies. In the first theme, students will be introduced to the study of archaeological human remains and what the osteological and palaeopathological analysis of past people can contribute to the studies of societies. Four practical sessions will provide an opportunity to identify human bones and to determine the age, sex and stature of a human skeleton. Theme 2 will focus on the information that can be gained from the study of funerary monuments and, in particular, Post-Medieval grave memorials. Fieldtrips will be made to Friar’s Bush and Balmoral cemeteries and students will be required to undertake a project on an aspect of grave memorials. The final theme will investigate a number of diseases of considerable antiquity, including leprosy and tuberculosis, which have had a strong impact on past human societies.