ANTH4005H: Advanced Mortuary Archaeology Laboratory Practicum
Offered Summer 2021 in Durham
Instructor: Dr. Jen Newton
Meeting Times: June 16th until June 30th
Mondays – Thursdays: 9am until 1pm. No class on Fridays.
Due to the nature of the materials being analyzed, this course will be offered on the Trent Durham Campus.
ANTH3404; ANTH3405; and permission of the instructor.
This course examines the nature of human funerary practices and the ways bioarchaeological study can provide insight into the organization and character of past societies. Over the course, we will focus on the death practices of the ancient Maya. Students will be involved in an active research project and will be working directly with the materials associated with that project. Students will have an opportunity to work with the commingled and fragmented skeletal assemblage from an ongoing archaeological project. We will discuss funerary behaviours and consider the range of potential information that can be sought from the mortuary context.
This course involves daily mandatory active participation and attendance in the laboratory.
Students are expected to collect and analyze data, and submit a report detailing their findings, which will be submitted at the end of the course. The reports will become part of the project records and archived with the project and government for which the materials come from.
Students are also expected to complete readings during the course.