ARCHKRA032 Anthropology for archaeologists

Faculty of Philosophy and Science in Opava
Winter 2022
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 3 credit(s). Type of Completion: z (credit).
RNDr. Michal Živný, Ph.D. (lecturer)
RNDr. Michal Živný, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
Guaranteed by
RNDr. Michal Živný, Ph.D.
Institute of Archaeology – Faculty of Philosophy and Science in Opava
For undergraduate students
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The aim of the course is to introduce students to anthropology as a complex science of man and a collaborative science with archaeology. Special attention is paid to the descriptive and functional anatomy of the skeletal system (human osteology) also pointing out the most common pathological changes of the locomotor system. Students are also introduced to methods anthropological processing of human skeletal remains (field phase, laboratory treatment of bones, morphoscopic and morphometric assessment, sex and age estimation) and with the basics of paleodemography.
  • 1. Introduction to the study of anthropology. The inclusion of anthropology in the system of sciences. Division of anthropology into subfields. A brief history of world and Czech anthropology. 2. Introduction to human anatomy: Orientation on the human body. Basic anatomical terminology. 3. Human osteology: Introduction to osteology (macroscopic and histological structure of bones, types of bones, bone joints). 4. Human osteology: Bones of the trunk (spine and chest). 5. Human osteology: Bones of the upper limb. 6. Human osteology: Bones of the lower limb. 7. Human osteology: Skull and teeth. 8. Skeletal anthropology: Field phase of anthropological research of skeletal remains, laboratory treatment of bones. 9. Skeletal anthropology: Morphoscopic and morphometric assessment of bones, height estimation. 10. Skeletal anthropology: Methods of gender estimation on skeletal material (overview of methods, methodological limits). 11. Skeletal anthropology: Methods of age estimation on skeletal material (overview of methods, methodological limits). 12. Basics of paleodemography: Characteristics of paleodemographic indicators, limits of paleodemographic research. 13. Free topic and discussion.
    required literature
  • Netter F. H.: Netterův anatomický atlas člověka. Brno 2016.
  • Stloukal M.: Antropologie. Příručka pro studium kostry. Praha 1999.
  • Drozdová E.: Základy osteometrie. In: Malina, J. (ed.): Panoráma biologické a sociokulturní antropologie. Brno 2004.
    recommended literature
  • Platzer W.: Atlas topografické anatomie. Praha 2014.
  • Sobotková E.: Biomechanika kosti – změny s věkem. Vesmír 68/10, 1989, 569-572.
  • Pacovský V.: Živá kost. Vesmír 67/7, 1988, 385-387.
  • Putz R. – Pabst R.: Sobottův atlas anatomie člověka. Díl 1. Praha 2007.
  • Dauber W.: Feneisův obrazový slovník anatomie. Praha 2007.
  • Putz R. – Pabst R.: Sobottův atlas anatomie člověka. Díl 2. Praha 2007.
    not specified
  • Historické i aktuální odborné články vztahující se k tématu kosterní antropologie a paleodemografie.
Teaching methods
Lecture, seminar
Assessment methods
Credit. Regular and active participation in classes (minimum 70%). Mastering the final written test (success rate of at least 60%), or successful oral mastery examination (the oral examination will take place either as the primary form of examination or as method of examination in case of failure to master the written form of examination).
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