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Osteoarchaeology

This course is about what we can learn from examining the human skeleton, and how we can use this knowledge to reconstruct the lives of people who lived in the past. In archaeology and anthropology, human skeletal remains can provide unique insights into the past and the present; insights that cannot be gained otherwise. These insights are explored in five main themes spread out over five weeks of learning. First, it is shown how age-at-death, sex and stature can be estimated by the close examination of (archaeological) skeletal remains. In subsequent modules it is shown how human bones can provide information about the diseases and injuries that people suffered from and what they ate. Also, it is shown how the human skeleton provides information about the kinds of activities that people engaged in and about how they migrated and moved around their landscapes. In this course, you will examine all aspects of the human skeleton that can provide us with information about these different facets of life. Together we will explore the scientific field that is known as human osteoarchaeology. - Human, because it is about us and our ancestors, - Osteo, because it is about our bones, - Archaeology, because we use this information to better understand the behaviors and events experienced by past people. During the course, you will decipher the clues left behind in the skeletons of past peoples with the methods and techniques that are presented. You may also discover some clues hidden in your own skeleton and what they reveal about the life that you are living. Want to know more? You can take a look at the course trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJi22TxzpRw

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Length 6 weeks
Effort This course consists of 5 weeks of study, with about four to six hours of study required each week.
Starts Oct 12 (3 weeks ago)
Cost $49
From Universiteit Leiden via Coursera
Instructor Andrea Waters-Rist
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Language English
Subjects Humanities Science Art & Design
Tags History Life Sciences Biology Arts And Humanities Basic Science

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Even if you get 100% on the quizzes you still must do peer reviewed assignments.

Some minor technical issues with peer reviews of assignments, but overall I liked the combination of written assignments and quizzes, and the (ungraded) forum discussion questions.

The peer review is done by multiple-choice from 1 to 5 for five 'aspects' of your submission and many 'peers' do not leave any comment to provide feedback for improvement.

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If relying on peer review only, there should be solutions handed in after you have submitted so that you can learn from your mistakes and are able to review the others correctly.All in all I have learned loads within these 5 weeks and I will definitely come back on another course.

Positive: Very interesting and informative lectures and subject matter.Negative: Fellow "students" who have no knowledge of the subject (other than what they themselves are learning) are required to submit case studies for "peer review" by other students who have no more knowledge of the subject than they do.

While the course is very interesting, I found the peer review process unsatisfying.

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good I really enjoyed this course , it taught me a lot about the Human Skeleton and I will now look at Bones in a very different way, and will be able to "read" them a little, my thanks go to Dr Andrea Waters-Rist and her Team for an interesting time, thank you .

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Rating 4.5 based on 96 ratings
Length 6 weeks
Effort This course consists of 5 weeks of study, with about four to six hours of study required each week.
Starts Oct 12 (3 weeks ago)
Cost $49
From Universiteit Leiden via Coursera
Instructor Andrea Waters-Rist
Download Videos On all desktop and mobile devices
Language English
Subjects Humanities Science Art & Design
Tags History Life Sciences Biology Arts And Humanities Basic Science

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