Anthropology | Fieldwork in Bioanthropology
B405 | 24877 | Cook

Above class meets 1st eight weeks only

This course consists of laboratory and field work related to the study
of prehistoric human skeletal biology.  You will have an opportunity
to practice skills learned in B301, as well as to learn new skills
appropriate to your interests.  The course will have two phases.
While we are in Bloomington, we will review human osteology and
aspects of faunal osteology relevant to the identification problems we
will encounter in the field.  Each student will inventory two burials
from Chau Hiix or another site related to his or her individual
research project in the lab in order to practice the fundamental
skills of the bone specialist in anthropology: identifying fragments,
determining age and sex, and describing morphology and pathology.  We
will do a number of curatorial tasks, including cleaning, sorting,
labeling and making catalog entries.  Readings and lecture in this
segment of the course will explore the physical anthropology and
mortuary site archaeology of Mesoamerica.  Short essays on readings
will be required in this first phase of the course.

For students who are participating in the field school at Chau Hiix,
the second phase of the course will consist of burial excavation,
documentation, and field curation at Chau Hiix. Techniques that aim at
optimal recovery of bone and at observation of aspects of the
archaeological important in the reconstruction of mortuary practices
will be stressed.  Each student will prepare a short descriptive
report on the burials he or she excavates.

For students who are not enrolled in the field school, the second half
of the course will be devoted to a research paper on a topic in
physical anthropology.

GRADES:  Lab participation and quizzes: 50% Field write up or final
paper due by May 4: 50%