Spring 2015 - ARCH 452 D100

Introduction to Paleopathology (5)

Class Number: 6546

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 6 – Apr 13, 2015: Wed, 2:30–5:20 p.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 15, 2015
    Wed, 12:00–3:00 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    ARCH 373.



Introduces the study of ancient and historic diseases in humans and animals as expressed in bones, teeth, mummified remains, art, and historical documents. Provides an essential foundation for differential diagnosis in skeletal biology and forensic osteology. Students who have taken ARCH 332 under this topic may not take this course for further credit.


This course examines how health and disease in past human populations can be, primarily, inferred from skeletal and dental evidence, but also from historical documentation when available. Students will be instructed in the differential diagnosis and interpretation of pathological conditions (such as traumatic injury, joint disease, infection) in the human skeleton, and its limitations. The course links palaeopathological evidence to larger evolutionary and archaeological questions, such as hominization, sedentism, agriculture, urbanism, colonization, industrialization and globalization and how these biological and social transformations impacted on human evolution and health.


  • Lab Assignments 25%
  • Group Project 25%
  • Mid-term Exam 25%
  • Final Exam 25%



Tony Waldron. Paleopathology. 2008. Cambridge University Press.
ISBN: 9780521678551

Additional readings will be assigned for each lecture and will be on reserve in the library or available online.

Department Undergraduate Notes:

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Deferred grades will be given only on the basis of authenticated medical disability.

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