A.Y. 2021/2022
Overall hours
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

Single session

Lesson period
First semester
Frontal lessons. If needed, Asynchronous lectures will be used
Course syllabus
The course aims to prepare students in the study of human remains in order to reconstruct the past and solve crime. It aims also to give the basic principles for the collection, recovery and preparation of the biological profile of human osteological remains. It also aims to educate on the importance of human remains as cultural heritage and on how to preserve them.

- Introduction, evolution and development of anthropology; basics of cultural, biomolecular and biological anthropology
- Macrosopcic and microscopic human osteology and odontology
- Biomolecular diagenesis and biomolecular techniques on bones
- Metric and non metric analyses
- Skeletal taphonomy
- Determination of species
- Determination of sex
- Age estimation
- Determination of ancestry, stature, physiognomy; facial reconstruction
- Palaeopathology; occupational trauma, trauma, infections, metabolic disease, nutritional deficit, neoplastic disease
- Inhumations, cremations and mummies
- Forensic anthropology
- Recovery and restoration of human skeletal remains
- Paleodemography and paleo epidemiology
- Identification of historical characters
- Musealisation of human remains
- Skeletal collections
Prerequisites for admission
No prerequisites are requested
Teaching methods
The course will consist of standard lectures, seminars, case studies and a practical a series of practicals on human skeletal remains. PPts and readings will be available on the Ariel site.
Teaching Resources
- Antropologia e odontologia forense. Guida allo studio dei resti umani. Testo atlante, Grandi Cattaneo 2005, Monduzzi editore
- Atlante di osteologia umana (qualsiasi)
- Materiale e letture su ariel
- Biehler Gomez, Cattaneo 2020, Interpreting Bone Lesions and Pathology for Forensic Practice, Academic Press
Assessment methods and Criteria
The examination is oral and includes a practical examination concerning the identification of skeletal remains; there is no auxiliary material for the final examination is permitted; the results of the exam will be communicated at the end of the exam; there is no obligation to skip a session in case of failure.
BIO/08 - ANTHROPOLOGY - University credits: 6
Lessons: 48 hours
Professor: Cattaneo Cristina