Programme of MA studies

Bioarchaeology and archaeological science

Overview

We offer in-depth training in excavation of human and animal remains as well as courses in osteology, bone taphonomy and archaeological chemistry. Our lecturers have substantial fieldwork experience in various areas of the Near East and specialist lectures and classes will be accompanied by the general curriculum in the archaeology of the Eastern Mediterranean and the Near East.

 

Our graduates will become professional excavators of cemeteries and animal bone deposits, with training in osteology being sufficient for fieldwork macroscopic analyses of human remains, including sex and age assessment, basic palaeopathology, stress markers, metric measurements and basic odontology. They will be able to place results of bioarchaeological research in a wider historical and ecological context, as well as to carry out various kinds of more specific laboratory research.

Programme (academic year 2013/2014)

1st year (60 ECTS)

The following courses are scheduled for the first year: two seminars (120 hrs, 18 ECTS), 60 hrs of a general lecture (to be selected from the list available for a specific year, 3 ECTS), 60 hrs of a monographic lecture (4 ECTS), 120 hrs of facultative courses (12 ECTS), two obligatory courses (90 hrs, 7 ECTS), 200 hrs of archaeological excavations (16 ECTS). Here is the list of available courses:

 

• Bioarchaeology – the seminar, 60 hrs (9 ECTS)

• Near Eastern archaeology – the seminar, 60 hrs (9 ECTS)

• Methods of bioarchaeology and human palaeoecology – monographic lecture, 60 hrs (4 ECTS)

• History of archaeology – obligatory lecture, 30 hrs (2 ECTS)

• Methods of archaeology – obligatory lecture, 60 hrs (5 ECTS)

• Archaeology of the Near East – facultative lecture, 60 hrs (6 ECTS)

• Archaeology of the Mediterranean – facultative lecture, 60 hrs (6 ECTS)

• Basic human osteology – facultative class, 30 hrs (3 ECTS)

• Advanced human osteology – facultative class, 30 hrs (3 ECTS)

• Archaeometry I – facultative lecture, 30 hrs (3 ECTS)

2nd year (60 ECTS)

The following courses are scheduled for the first year: two seminars (120 hrs, 18 ECTS), 60 hrs of a general lecture (to be selected from the list available for a specific year, 3 ECTS), 120 hrs of a monographic lecture (8 ECTS), 60 hrs of facultative courses (6 ECTS), 30 hrs of archaeological survey (2 ECTS), writing of MA dissertation (23 ECTS). Here is the list of available courses:

 

• Bioarchaeology – the seminar, 60 hrs (9 ECTS)

• Near Eastern archaeology – the seminar, 60 hrs (9 ECTS)

• Human palaeoecology in the Near East – monographic lecture, 60 hrs (4 ECTS)

• Palaeoanthropology – monographic lecture, 30 hrs (2 ECTS)

• Taphonomy of human remains – monographic lecture, 30 hrs (2 ECTS)

• Elements of archaeozoology – facultative class, 30 hrs (3 ECTS)

• Palaeopathology – facultative class, 30 hrs (3 ECTS)

• Study of cremains – facultative class, 30 hrs (3 ECTS)

• Archaeometry – facultative class, 30 hrs (3 ECTS)

 

PLEASE NOTE: In case of small number of students this general programme may be modified each year. In particular, students who are interested in other areas of archaeology, may be allowed to enroll to some of our Polish seminars as external students. Some facultative courses and monographic lectures may be available in bi-annual system. Please consult the administrative office (archaeology.studies@uw.edu.pl) if you are interested in the schedule planned for the next semester.

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