Spring 2024 - ARCH 373 D100

Human Osteology (5)

Class Number: 4597

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 8 – Apr 12, 2024: Mon, 12:30–2:20 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    ARCH 131 or any lower division ARCH, BISC, HSCI, or BPK course.



A detailed and lab-intensive study of the human skeletal remains and dental variation. Designed for students to learn how to identify all the bones in the human skeleton, both whole and fragmentary. Focuses on archaeological and forensic field and lab applications for the study of the human skeleton.


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 in-person lectures and face-to-face laboratories. Labs include a 3 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.



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: 0120884674


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

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


Your personalized Course Material list, including digital and physical textbooks, are available through the SFU Bookstore website by simply entering your Computing ID at: shop.sfu.ca/course-materials/my-personalized-course-materials.

Department Undergraduate Notes:

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


SFU’s Academic Integrity website http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating. Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

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