What next..?

Do you want more?

We hope that you have found this course interesting and useful. We have filled the weeks with information and examples from our research and experience in the field and the laboratory.

Below we provide some possible ways of continuing your learning in this area.

Further reading

We have based a lot of the content of this six-week course on our own research. We have spent many years developing new methods, studying the skeleton to better understand how people lived their lives, and applying all of this to interesting contexts.

Our book Human Identity and Identification explores how the body is important for making our identity and also for identifying us. Rebecca Gowland’s now-classic book The Social Archaeology of Funerary Remains was vital in showing how we can study social processes from skeletal remains. Her recent book Care in the Past explores the ways in which we can study care and treatment in the past from the body. Tim Thompson’s book Human Remains: Another Dimension is full of examples of how imaging can be used to study the body, and what we can learn from that. His book The Archaeology of Cremation explores what information we can get from burned bodies, and what that can tell us about how people lived their lives.

Further study

Well done on reaching the end of the course! Are you feeling inspired to continue your studies on the topic of Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology? If you don’t want the learning to stop now you can register your interest in our MSc in Human Bioarchaeology and Palaeopathology at Durham University. We’ll be in touch with more information soon.

Why study in the Department of Archaeology, Durham University?

Our research, teaching and reputation are world-class:

  • We are regularly ranked one of the top two Archaeology departments in the UK (e.g. Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, Complete University Guide 2019) and one of the top six globally (World University QS rankings 2019).

  • We have a range of cutting-edge laboratories and world-leading expertise in human bioarchaeology. You will have the opportunity for hands-on practical research with archaeological skeletal remains from a range of time periods.

  • Our staff are passionate about sharing their expertise with our students, and for the benefit of wider society.

The Department of Archaeology at Durham University is rated one of the best in the world, and we offer undergraduate and postgraduate courses in this area. In particular the MSc in Human Bioarchaeology Palaeopathology gives students much greater detail and plenty of hands-on lab time to study human remains. There is also a short Palaeopathology Summer School which may be of interest. Finally, the MSc Bioarchaeology provides leading training in biomolecular and environmental archaeology.

The School of Health & Life Sciences at Teesside University has been running forensic degrees for longer than any other university in the UK and have had their degrees accredited by the professional body. Undergraduate degrees in the area of crime, forensic and investigative sciences may be of interest to you.

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