Bioarchaeology and Human Evolution

Master's degree in Prehistoric Archaeology and Rock Art, Publication in the Diário da República - Despacho nº 17071/2009 - 23/07/2009

6 ECTS; 1º Ano, Anual, 8,0 T + 4,0 PL + 4,0 TP + 24,0 S

Lecturer
- José Francisco Taborda Curate

Prerequisites
Not applicable.

Objectives
The students should be able to identify the main bones of the human skeleton, to interpret the human bones in archaeological contexts, be be familiar and know how to interpret the major events of the human evolutionay history and the human natural history.

Program
Inroduction to human osteology.
Concepts of taphonomy.
Recovery of human remains in archaeological contexts.
Discriminate between human and non-human bones.
Reconstructions of life from the skeleton.
Specific fields: paleaopathology
Introduction to human evolution.
The first hominids.
The first exit from Africa and the first Europeans.
The Neanderthals.
The origins of the modern man.

Evaluation Methodology
Essay writing.

Bibliography
- Sabrina, A. e , . (2012). Social Bioarchaeology. Chichester: Blackwell Publishing
- Condemi, S. (2019). A Pocket History of Human Evolution. NY: The Experiment LLC
- White, T. (2000). Human Osteology. San Diego: Academic Press
- Conroy, G. (2012). Reconstructing Human Origins: A Modern Synthesis. NY: Norton

Method of interaction
Oral presentation; observationa nd analysis of osteological material and fossil moulds, powerpoint presentations.

Software used in class