Enjoyment and learning was had at the recent human osteology short course, held at Oxford Brookes University on 11 April 2014. The course was developed and taught by Dr Lauren McIntyre and Isabelle Heyerdahl-King, and supported by Dr Simon Underdown (Principal Lecturer in Biological Anthropology, Oxford Brookes University), Dr Hannah Russ (Consultant and Research Fellow, OBAH) and Nikki Lamb (PhD candidate, Oxford Brookes University).
The intensive one-day course was designed for anyone interested in acquiring a working knowledge of human skeletal anatomy, and for those working in associated fields who wish to broaden or refresh their knowledge. Both archaeological human remains and casts of human skeletal material were used to give participants an overview of human skeletal remains from an evolutionary perspective. The course covered the basics of anatomy and identification of individual bones. A summative identification quiz at the end of the day enabled participants to test their newly acquired knowledge!
Participants from across the UK travelled to Oxford to attend the course, which introduced human skeletal remains using lectures, discussion sessions and practical hands-on activities.
Based on the success of the day, and feedback from course participants a more intensive, 5-day course is now being planned for the summer.
‘Thank you so much for a great day, and for all the hard work by everyone that I know must have gone into making it such a success!’
‘Thanks so much for a very informative and interesting day’
‘Thanks – I very much enjoyed the day!’
‘I thoroughly enjoyed the course and I look forward to the 5-day one!’
‘We both had a wonderful day, we learnt so much and I was genuinely surprised how I could start from nothing and know so much by the end of the day!’
‘I really enjoyed the day – exactly what I was after!’
‘I was nicely surprised having scored 30 on the quiz – I learnt so much!’
The course was run by Oxford Brookes Archaeology and Heritage (OBAH) and the Department of Social Sciences at Oxford Brookes University.