Anthropology

A.Y. 2015/2016
6
Max ECTS
48
Overall hours
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The course aims at increasing the knowledge of students in osteology, anthropology and paleopathology.
Expected learning outcomes
The students will acquire competences and skills in osteology, anthropology and paleopathology.
Course syllabus and organization

Unique edition

Responsible
Lesson period
First semester
Syllabus
- Introduction, evolution of anthropology: basics of cultural anthropology and ethnology; physical anthropology; biological anthropology; biomolecular anthropology.
- Macroscopic and microscopic human osteology; skeletal and dental tissues.
- Informative biomolecules in anthropology: DNA polymorphisms, proteins, trace elements.
- Molecular diagenesis and biomolecular techniques applied to anthropology.
- Metrical and non-metrical traits of the skeleton.
- Skeletal taphonomy.
- Diagnosis of species.
- Estimation of PMI.
- Diagnosis of sex.
- Age estimation.
- Diagnosis of ancestry, height, physiognomy, facial reconstruction.
- Paleopathology: occupational signs, trauma, infections, metabolic diseases, nutritional deficits, neoplastic disease.
- Study of inhumations, cremations, mummies.
- Basics of forensic anthropology, identification of skeletal remains, diagnosis of cause of death, signs of lesions, time since death.
- Recovery and restoration of skeletal remains.
- Paleodemography and paleoepidemiology.
- Identification of historical figures.
Lessons: 48 hours
Professor: Cattaneo Cristina