Fall 2020 - ARCH 373 D100

Human Osteology (5)

Class Number: 4652

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    We 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 19, 2020
    7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

  • 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, variation and identification. Students will learn how to identify all 206 bones in the human skeleton, both whole and fragmentary, what their particular features are and how to place them anatomically. Students will also be introduced to basic bone biology and function, as well as to individual, developmental, sexual, pathological and population-based variation in the skeleton that is used to reconstruct the lifeways of archaeological  populations, or assist in 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.


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


This course will be taught by a blend of asynchronous (recorded lectures), synchronous (real time interaction) online learning methods and face-to-face laboratories. Labs include a 2 hour per week regular lab component plus weekly open labs. All labs will be based on handling real human bones and students are always expected to be respectful to the learning materials.



White TD and PA Folkens. 2005. Human Bone Manual. Academic Press. 
ISBN: 0120884674

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


Bass WM. 2005. Human Osteology. A Laboratory and Field Manual (5th Edition). Columbia: Missouri Archaeological Society

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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Teaching at SFU in fall 2020 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).