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Our 4-week long (each) intensive training programs, respectively the Adult Osteology Research Workshop and the Juvenile Osteology Research Workshop will train students, both undergraduate and graduate, to conduct osteological analyses and frame appropriate research questions. Participants will receive daily lectures on topics related to human skeletal biology and spend the first two weeks intensively reviewing human osteology through the hands-on study of our extensive human skeletal research collection. Other lecture topics will include discussions of sex and age estimation, osteometrics, and an introduction to skeletal and dental pathologies. The Juvenile Osteology Workshop will further provide participants with an intensive review of juvenile osteology and an overview of the ways in which this kind of unique information is interpreted.  During the Juvenile Osteology Workshop, participants will have the chance to study the growth and development of the human skeleton across various juvenile age cohorts, weaning and dietary stress, as well as reconstruction and interpretation of infant mortality.

Adult Osteology Research Laboratory Workshop Dates: June 6 – July 3, 2021
Juvenile Osteology Research Laboratory Workshop Dates: July 4 – July 31, 2021.
Location: Odorheiu Secuiesc, Transylvania, Romania
Adult Osteology Workshop Syllabus
Juvenile Osteology Research Syllabus
University of South Florida Brochure and Credit Application Page:
Instructor: Dr. Jonathan Bethard (University of South Florida)
Contact: Dr. Andre Gonciar at

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