Luton Short Course in Practical Human Osteology

Luton Museum has been a regional store for Human Remains since its creation in 1927. We have over 80 years worth of experience. Within our collections we hold a wealth of human remains collections, which due to the underlying geology of the region are in excellent condition and ideal for the teaching of human osteology.

We offer short courses, which are taught at Wardown Park Museum, Luton. Unlike most other teaching institutions, we are able to offer specimens from a variety of different periods and in varying conditions, which demonstrate how human remains are discovered in the field, rather than just relying on reference collections.

We aim to provide participants with an overview of human osteology and teach the skills necessary for proper identification and curation of human remains. The focus is on the practical skills needed and is ideal for those wanting to work out in the field.

To book your space, please fill out the 'booking form' at the bottom of the page and return either via email (payment can be made via credit/debit card as required) or post with a cheque.

Course Dates 2014

Practical Human Osteology: Advanced

Date: 21st June 2014

Cost: £75 (lunch included)

Max number: 12

Venue: Education Room, Wardown Park Museum, Old Bedford Road, Luton, LU2 7HA

Time: 10am-4pm


'Book by date' to guarantee a place: 6th June 2014

Tutors: Dr David Klingle and Tim Vickers, Collections Care Officer

Outline:This course will provide expert hands-on tuition applying some of advanced osteological skills with group size limited to 12. If you wish to attend you will either need to have attended the basic course above Or be able to: identify basic Bones, age and sex a skeleton; identify the following pathologies: caries, tooth loss, trauma, arthritis, infection, Cribra orbitilia. There will be in-depth sessions on pathologies, siding and teeth, and with an opportunity to conduct analysis of previously unstudied human remains. This will be making use of the Museum extensive human remains and other archaeological material associated with the collections. Suitable for intermediate and advanced level osteology wanting a refresher.