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

- José Francisco Taborda Curate

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

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


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

Software used in class