Medieval Bioarchaeology Program - Poland
July 7-25, 2014, Bezlawki, NE Poland
The courses you take for this program will probably be unlike any other courses you have had. These courses do include lectures and discussions, but in Poland, many "lectures" will be held in situ rather than in a traditional classroom setting. In other words, after getting the basics in the Anth 485 course, in the field you will learn while you conduct real research! You will spend many hours on site excavating and evaluating historical human remains, and you will be asked to assimilate what you are experiencing through observation, data collection and analysis, writing, reflection, and discussion.
Anth 485: Poland Field Program Preparation. 3 units, online + 2 meetings at HSU Campus
This course serves mainly as preparation for travel and field work in Poland. The course will cover aspects ranging from cultural sensitivity to human anatomy and osteology.
March 29, 2014: First mandatory instructional session. BSS 310, 0900-1730
In this session, we will go over course and program basics, including academic and professional expectations for the program, field preparedness, and cultural transition essentials. In the afternoon, we will provide an introductory overview of major points in Polish history. Please plan on bringing a Polish dish to share for lunch at this session, as well as a list of questions that you may have concerning program logistics and course content. *Note: Attendance at the on-campus instructional session is negotiable for off-campus (non-HSU) students.
April 5, 2014: Second mandatory instructional session. BSS 310, 0900-1730
This session provides an introduction to skeletal biology. During this session, you will have the opportunity to work the human skeletal material housed in our collection in BSS 310 and 233, including biological specimens, closed forensic anthropology cases and pathology casts. We will also spend a few hours working with the osteological pits at the Anthropology Department’s archaeology simulated excavation site on campus. You should emerge from this session with a basic working knowledge of the human skeleton and essential recovery techniques, as well as a general understanding of how age, sex, height and gross pathology are determined in human skeletal material. Please bring a sack lunch to this session. *Note: Attendance at the on-campus instructional session is negotiable for off-campus (non-HSU) students.
by July 1, 2014: Complete online component for Anth 485, including three advanced modules in preparation for field work. Lectures and exercises will be posted on Moodle for each module (more information will be given at the first instructional session on March 29th). Course content for these modules will cover the following topics:
- Skeletal Biology/Pathology: Focuses on recognition and interpretation of skeletal material, with an emphasis on skeletal conditions present from neighboring archaeological sites from similar time periods. You will learn to estimate sex, age and height in human remains and to identify degenerative and pathological changes in bone.
- Archaeological Methods: Focuses on proper archaeological methods, ranging from measurement and documentation to excavation techniques. You will be taught the basics of setting up an archaeological unit and mapping an archaeological site.
- Polish Culture: Focuses on Polish and European History from the 11th Century to present day, with an emphasis on the 14th-16th century history. This module will emphasize the cultural and historical context of the individuals whose remains we will disinter. Modern Polish culture and politics will also be emphasized to aid in our transition to living and working respectfully in another country.
Important Note: All students are also required to attend a three-hour session run by the Office of International Programs. Information regarding dates and times can be found at this website: http://humboldt.edu/goabroad/
Anth 339: Bioarchaeology: Poland. 3 units, in Poland July 7-25, 2014
This course provides hands-on training in the evaluation of historical human remains in an archaeological context. Students will excavate human remains and evaluate contextual and demographic information for the site. Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:
- Excavate human remains while preserving contextual information,
- Create biological profiles (including sex and age) for historical remains
- Assess pathological and traumatic features in human remains, and
- Construct demographic information for the skeletal population at the research site.
- See the “FIELD” page for more detailed information.
GE and/or Major, Minor Requirements
ANTH 339 fulfills an upper division biological anthropology core requirement for the anthropology major, and an upper division course for the anthropology minor. ANTH 485 fulfills an upper division seminar requirement for anthropology majors and an upper division course for anthropology minors.
- All students must sign up for both courses.
- There are no pre-requisites for these courses or the program, but students must complete an application and be accepted onto the program to attend.
- All courses and field instruction will be taught in English.