I recently attended the week long Human Osteology short course at the University of Sheffield, at the back end of June. This course was offered within the Manor Lodge excavation project, and was ran by the archaeology department. It was particularly great to see so many interested (and interesting!) young people into human osteo and willing to learn. The course covered all the basics of aging & sexing skeletons found in archaeological contexts, as well as recognizing human bone elements. We also had the chance to examine both adult and juvenile skeletons. alongside a good look at the different pathological diseases that can be present on skeletal remains.
The course was delivered by lectures and hands on work, with the opportunity to lay out the skeleton each day of the course. Although this course was part of the Manor Lodge excavations, it is held every year at the University of Sheffield Archaeology department, and as such I’d highly recommend it. There is also another day coming up in September where people in professional jobs which includes looking at or moving/using human remains in the heritage sector can have an intensive day study of the human skeleton.
On a personal note, it was great for me to experience what it will be like to start in September, on a day to day basis. The short course helped to strengthen my resolution in the feeling that I have picked the right University, in pursuing this course. In the future I aim to include upcoming human osteology short courses when I know they are available, for future reference is anybody is interested.