Dates: Monday 29 th June – Thursday 2 nd July 2020
Location: Plueckhahn Theatre, The Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine, 65 Kavanagh St,
Southbank, Melbourne, Vic, 3006

This four day course offers an in-depth study of the human skeleton through informative lectures and interactive hands-on practical sessions using real human skeletal remains from the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine's (VIFM) reference skeletal collection.

The course will provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of human skeletal and dental anatomy, and give participants the opportunity to learn how to identify and side  skeletal elements (including major anatomical landmarks) and classify dental remains. Participants will also be introduced to the osteological principles of differentiating human from non-human bone and creating a biological profile (i.e., estimating age, sex, ancestry and stature). 

This course is beneficial for archaeologists, museum curators and heritage officers who may work with skeletal remains; students who are interested in pursuing studies/careers in biological archaeology or forensic anthropology, and medical professionals (i.e., forensic pathologists) who are required to undertake anthropological examinations of skeletal remains.

No prior knowledge of human osteology is required for this course. Lectures will be delivered by discipline specific experts from the VIFM and external organisations.

Course Objectives:
At the end of the course participants with be able to:

  • Understand the basic principles of bone biology and skeletal growth;
  • Understand the basic principles of human variation;
  • Identify the major anatomical landmarks and key features of each bone;
  • Correctly side each bone in the human body;
  • Distinguish human bones from some of the most common animal bones; and
  • Identify the main bone features that are used to provide a biological profile (sex, age, ancestry and stature).

Terms & Conditions: Registrations are limited to 24 attendees and are allocated on a first come first served basis. Registrations will close once this quota has been reached. Should the course fail to attract more than 8 registrations after 2 weeks prior to the start date, the course will be cancelled. In the event of a cancellation full refunds will be processed. In the event that you are unable to attend registrations can either be transferred to another party or a refund issued. Refunds need to be requested in writing and sent to All refunds will be subject to an administrative fee of $150. The program is accurate at the time of publication. It may be subject to change. If there are substantial changes, participants will be notified.

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Introduction to Human Osteology Short Course


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