Anthropology | Paleopathology
B602 | 0492 | Cook

This course deals with the identification and description of disease in
ancient prehistory.  Analysis of human skeletal remains is stressed, but
we will also discuss comparative pathology, paleodemography, mummified
tissues, and analysis of visual and textual representations of disease.
P:B200, B301, permission

1.  Each student will prepare a seminar presentation on a topic in
paleopathology, with demonstration of specimens and
techniques where this is  appropriate, and a bibliography for
distribution to class members.
2.  There are weekly written lab exercises weeks 2 through 7.   These
stress practice in describing lesions and mastery of technical
3.  Everyone is expected to participate in discussion of assigned readings
4.  The focus of the course is a guided research project.  This is due  in
oral summary and  written form at our last meeting.  The written version
should conform  to an appropriate journal style, for example AJPA or
IJOA.   You will spend the second half of the course on your research

Aufderheide and Rodriguez: Encyclopedia of Human Paleopathology
Ortner and Putschar: Identification of Pathological Conditions in Human
Skeletal Remains

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