Human Osteoarchaeology

Human Osteoarchaeology is a one-year MSc-specialisation at the internationally renowned Archaeology Faculty of Leiden University. In this programme you will study the methods and techniques used for the excavation and analysis of human skeletal material.

Choose Human Osteoarchaeology at Leiden University

  • Gain in-depth knowledge about the methods and theories used to study human bones and teeth in physical anthropology and archaeology.
  • Explore skeletal and dental anatomy and learn about the histology of skeletal tissues, morphological variation between males and females, and changes that come with age.
  • Investigate diseases that can be diagnosed from bones and teeth and the palaeo-epidemiological insights that can be drawn from them.
  • Lear how to excavate and analyse ancient DNA.
  • Engage in a period of fieldwork in one of the osteological laboratory’s excavations or elsewhere. Alternatively, you may also choose to work as an intern in a museum or laboratory. This will provide you with valuable hands-on experience and will expand your network.
  • Study at a faculty that ranks in the top ten worldwide in academic reputation and research impact (March 2017 QS World University Ranking by subject).

Ancient DNA

In this programme, you will also be introduced to the standards associated with ancient DNA and isotope analysis. This specialisation teaches procedures for the excavation of skeletonised human remains along with the standards used for recording them. In addition, special attention is paid to taphonomic changes that can take place within the grave context.

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Master details

  • This is a specialisation of: Archaeology
  • Degree Master of Science in Archaeology
  • Mode of study Full-time
  • Duration 1 year
  • Start date September, February
  • Language of instruction English
  • Location Leiden
  • Croho/isat code 60805

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