Date and Time: 9th July 2016: 10am to 5pm
Location: North Hertfordshire Museum, Brand Street, Hitchin SG5 1JE
Interested in getting experience on human remains: the bones of the body, identifying sex, age, and illnesses of individuals from past populations?
North Hertfordshire Museum is hosting a one-day hands-on human remains workshop as part of a project to further our understanding of health in and around Baldock, Hertfordshire, the site of small Roman town. It will allow people the opportunity to directly analyse human remains from the Roman and early Medieval periods. This is an ideal opportunity for members of the general public, undergraduates and graduates in archaeology and forensics, medical professionals, museum staff, local archaeologists from societies as well as anyone who wants to know more about osteology and what human remains can tell you and how to handle and curate them. It is a great way to gain hands-on experience of human remains in a museum environment and learn about the past from people who lived through it.
Classes are limited to twelve students to ensure maximum access to the remains and guidance from a trained osteoarchaeologist with experience on hundreds of skeletal remains. This is a general course suitable for anyone and the day revolve around handling skeletal remains. The day will include:
•Training in how to identify different bones and layout a human skeleton
•Determining sex, age, and height of individuals
•Identifying different pathologies and the health of a person at death
•Using skeletal remains and other evidence to reconstruct life in different periods
•Reviewing the different stages of skeletal remains from burial, archaeological excavation, osteological study, curation or reburial.
•Learning how to curate and record remains