Introduction to Human Osteology: Parts I & II
This intensive short course provides the opportunity to learn about aspects of the human skeleton through a combination of didactic lectures and interactive hands-on analyses of real human skeletal remains from the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine’s (VIFM) osteology collection. The aim of the course is to provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of human skeletal anatomy. This course is beneficial for archaeologists, museum curators, heritage officers, and police 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. Lectures will be delivered by discipline-specific experts from the VIFM and external organisations. To allow professionals the opportunity to tailor the course to their level of interest, this course is offered in two parts:
PART I (Three days):
Part I provides participants the opportunity to learn how to identify and side each bone in the human body, including dentition and fragmentary remains, and introduces the principles of bone growth and development, and how to differentiate human from non-human bone.
PART II (Two days):
Part II provides participants with the necessary morphologic and metric osteology skills to create a basic biological profile (i.e., estimating age, sex, ancestry, and stature
At the conclusion of Part I participants will be able to:
- understand the basic principles of bone biology and skeletal growth;
- identify the major anatomical landmarks and key features of each bone;
- side each bone in the human body;
- have a basic understanding of how to distinguish human bones from some of the most common animal bones; and
At the conclusion of Part II participants will be able to:
- understand the basic principles of human variation, and
- reconstruct a basic biological profile (estimation of a person’s sex, age, ancestry and stature from skeletonised remains).
Monday 26 June – Friday 30 June 2023
Part I: 26 June – 28 June 2023
Part II: 29 June – 30 June 2023
Part I: $1,900 Full / $1,700 Student
Part II: $1,300 Full / $1,200 Student
Part I + Part II: $2,700 Full / $2,400 Student
- Course manual;
- Textbook “The Human Bone Manual” by White and Folkens 2005;
- Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea;
- Certificate of completion, and
- Group dinner (Blue Train, Southbank).
Registration of this short course requires full fee payment; this course is not eligible for fee HELP or CSP.
The Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine
65 Kavanagh Street
Southbank Victoria 3006
Please note this course is offered in a face-to-face format only. Online attendance is not available.
Professor Soren Blau
Senior Forensic Anthropologist, VIFM
Manager, Identification Services, VIFM
Dr Samantha Rowbotham
Forensic Anthropologist, VIFM
Registrations will be limited to 24 and will close as soon as we have 24 registrations
There is no on-site parking available.
Terms and Conditions: Registrations are limited to 24 attendees and are allocated on a first come first serve basis. Registrations will close once this quota has been reached. Should the course fail to attract more than 12 registrations 4 weeks prior to the start date, the course will be cancelled. In the event of a cancellation full refunds will be processed. If 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 firstname.lastname@example.org at least 7 days prior to the course commencing. Refunds requested within 7 days of the course commencing 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 the participants will be notified.