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In recent years Archaeology has been reinvigorated by the ability of researchers to use modern technology to provide in depth insight and evidence to provide much more information about early civilisations than was possible previously. For Archaeologists this creates a richness in their work which allows us to link up our ancestors at individual level and at group level understand much more about why people lived the way they did, why they travelled and why they ended up at specific geographic locations in time. This subject area has now been further developed by the ability to use forensic methods to uncover truths at an individual level of how a person lived and died, their lifestyle and what they are likely to have done within groups.

You learn the latest technological advances to study and scan human remains in detail from excavation and other archaeological sites. The university is well equipped to provide you with a wealth of materials which are housed in Marischal Museum and contain material from Neolithic to past Middle Ages, Medieval towns of Aberdeen, Perth and St Andrews and international finds. You can also get involved in staff and student projects and voluntary work internationally on partner projects in countries like Alaska. The programme benefits from experts within Archaeology that bring with them scope for you to work on sites in Alaska and the North of Scotland. You may also be interested in visiting UNESCO and world heritage sites on Orkney and Shetland The University also provides strong links and research from Scandinavia and the Vikings and Social Anthropology.

Employment options can include consultancy where you are considered to be a specialist in this area of Archaeology to advise wide ranging groups and site organisers, museums and heritage attractions about Osteoarchaeology. Your skills can be applied to the teaching and learning of many people to enable experience based tourism, educational projects and programmes, publications and further research leading to PhD or beyond. You may also be interested in this subject area to augment your undergraduate degree in Archaeology or a related area of study.

Courses listed for the programme

Semester 1

  • Theory and Method in Research
  • Osteoarchaeology 1

Semester 2

  • Advanced Archaeological Approaches
  • Osteoarchaeology 2

Semester 3

  • Dissertation in Osteoarchaeology

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Why study at Aberdeen?

  • You have access to an incredible range of materials from which to provide research and study projects in the city and university
  • You are taught by active fieldworkers with experience from internationally significant sites, and you are close to some sites of world heritage status, particularly in Orkney which is a ferry ride from the city.

Where you study

  • University of Aberdeen
  • 12 Months
  • Full Time
  • September

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