A one-day course suitable for those working in outdoor occupations, the rescue services, field archaeology and museums, or for those wanting a basic taster course in human and comparative osteology.

Please note, this course will involve handling both human and animal bones.

When: Thursday 17th January 2013, 9.30am – 5.30pm
Where: University of Sheffield, Department of Archaeology
Cost: £98


The University of Sheffield Department of Archaeology has a long history of teaching and research in human osteology. Members of our current research team have a wealth of professional and practical experience, and have worked extensively on projects in the UK and Europe, as well as other areas of the world. Our combined research interests cover a variety of subjects and time periods, from early hominid evolution to post medieval cemetery populations.

This course will be taught in our main osteology laboratory using the department’s human skeletal reference collection. The course aims to provide participants with a basic overview of human skeletal anatomy in order to convey understanding and recognition of the various skeletal elements, and help participants gain confidence in dealing with skeletal material.

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Course Content


  • review your knowledge at the start and end of the day
  • gain confidence in dealing with skeletal material
  • eliminate uncertainty when bones are found

Introduction to the human skeleton

  • handle human bones
  • lay out a complete skeleton
  • learn to identify the different types of bones

Comparative osteology

  • handle domestic animal bones such as sheep, dog and pig
  • learn to distinguish between human and animal remains

Course venue

The course will be held at Northgate House, the University of Sheffield’s Archaeology Department on West Street. Northgate House is a five-minute tram-ride from Sheffield Station and a five minute walk from the city centre.

Tea/coffee will be provided but lunch is not included in the price of the course. There is a wide choice of sandwich bars, pubs and restaurants less than two minutes walk from the department.


Registration for this course is now open. Places cost £98 per person, and can be booked at our online shop. Registration will close on Friday 11th January 2013.

For further information regarding this course, please email Lauren McIntyre ( or Isabelle Heyerdahl-King (, or phone us on 0114 2222948.