Anthropology | PALEOPATHOLOGY
B602 | 0418 | Cook
Authorized B602: P-Anth B301 Plus Permission Of Instructor
Paleopathology is the study of health and disease among ancient people.
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.
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 12. These
stress practice in describing lesions and mastery of technical vocabulary.
3. Everyone is expected to participate in discussion of assigned
4. The focus of the course is a guided research project. It 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 project. An
extended case study, a descriptive paper on a small skeletal series, or an
inquiry into relationships among a small set of health variables in a
larger series is an appropriate project.
Texts: Aufderheide and Rodriguez: Encyclopedia of Human Paleopathology
Ortner and Putschar: Identification of Pathological
Conditions in Human Skeletal Remains
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