Fall 2017 - ARCH 373 D100

Human Osteology (5)

Class Number: 2459

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 5 – Dec 4, 2017: Fri, 9:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 6, 2017
    Wed, 8:30–11:30 a.m.

  • Instructor:

    Hugo Cardoso
    Office: EDB 9621
    Office Hours: TBA
  • Prerequisites:

    ARCH 131.



A detailed study of the human skeleton with emphasis on lab and field techniques.


This course is designed to provide the student with extensive laboratory training in human skeletal and dental anatomy and variation. Students will learn how to identify all bones in the human skeleton, both whole and fragmentary; and students will be introduced to basic bone biology and function, as well as to individual, developmental, sexual, pathological and population-based variation used to reconstruct the lifeways of past populations in an archaeological context, or the identification of individual human remains in a forensic setting. Issues related to the ethics, excavation, analysis and interpretation of human skeletal remains will also be addressed. The course includes both lecture (3 hours per week) and lab (2 hours per week) components, plus weekly open labs.


  • Biweekly Lab Quizzes 50%
  • Weekly Lab Assignments 10%
  • Mid-term Paper 20%
  • Final Exam 20%


Labs will be based on handling real human bones.   

Course materials will be posted on SFU's learning management system, CANVAS (http://www.sfu.ca/canvas.html)



White TD and PA Folkens. 2005. Human Bone Manual. Academic Press.
ISBN: 978-0-1208-8467-4

Additional readings will be assigned for some lectures and will be on reserve in the library.


Digital Atlas of the Human Skeleton. Available for free download (http://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/~sawchukl/)

Bass, W.M. 2005. Human Osteology. A Laboratory and Field Manual (5th Edition). Columbia: Missouri Archaeological Society.
ISBN: 978-0-9434-1496-6

Department Undergraduate Notes:

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need classroom or exam accommodations are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Students with Disabilities (1250 Maggie Benston Centre) as soon as possible to ensure that they are eligible and that approved accommodations and services are implemented in a timely fashion.

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

Registrar Notes:

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