Bioarchaeology: archaeology and science ADED11911E

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 5
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course considers the relationship between archaeological and biological sciences. Each session will investigate key themes in the fields of Archaeology and biological sciences; exploring new information accessible from archaeological remains and how it informs our understanding of the past. Through a range of case studies and practical in-class sessions, the course will address several key scientific themes, including bioarchaeology; archaeoentomology; zooarchaeology; environmental archaeology; and identifying disease from archaeological remains.


Block 3, weeks 1-5

Wednesdays 19:00-21:00

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





Essay (800-1000 words) 

Course Aims

This course aims to:


■ Introduce the underlying concepts of bioarchaeology by exploring the relationship between archaeology and biological sciences

■ Present key case studies in context

■ Contribute to a clearer understanding of emerging scientific techniques available for accessing previously inaccessible information from the archaeological record.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:


■ Describe the ways in which archaeology and biological sciences can be studied and are inter-related

■ Discuss the significance of the key case studies 

■ Contextualise archaeology as a scientific practice and source of biological information of relevance and significance in the contemporary world.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment