Summer 2024 - ARCH 436 D100

Biological Anthropology Field Practicum

Class Number: 3842

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    May 6 – Jun 17, 2024: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, 9:30 a.m.–4:20 p.m.
    Location: TBA

  • Prerequisites:

    ARCH 373 and permission of the department. Normally taken concurrently with ARCH 433 and ARCH 434.



A practical application of the background knowledge and specific techniques of ARCH 433 and 434. It takes place in a research oriented field excavation. Evaluation of student performance is based upon assessments of efficiency and accuracy of excavation techniques/recording procedures, and upon the student's overall contribution to the smooth functioning of the team. Students may repeat this course for credit. Variable units: 3, 4, 5, 6.


The field work practicum involves the application of the laboratory techniques learned during the lecture component (ARCH 433) of the 2024 Portugal Forensic Anthropology/Bioarchaeology Labs Field School. This will involve a three week period of laboratory work training in human skeletal identification and in forensic/bioarchaeologu lab techniques. In addition to learning human bone identification skills, students will also be cleaning, labelling and completing inventories of human remains for long term curation and will have the opportunity to carry out preliminary forensic/bioarchaeology lab analysis of human remains that they will use towards their final field project.

This course is being offered for the Archaeology Department's Portugal field school. Students who are not participating in the Portugal field school cannot register for this course. To be taken concurrently with ARCH 433-3.


  • Lab Forms 30%
  • Laboratory Assessment 30%
  • Laboratory project 40%



White TD and Folkens PA. 2005. Human Bone Manual. Academic Press


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Department Undergraduate Notes:

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