Masterclass Programme

About the Masterclass

This course, offered by an expert team of bioarchaeologists from Silpakorn University, the University of Otago, and the Australian National University, will provide an introduction to both basic and advanced methods for studying human skeletal remains.


This course will consist of ten modules covering topics from basic skeletal anatomy and how to formulate a research question, to advanced isotopic and histological methods and publication. Modules can be selected according to individual skill level and interests, meaning that this course is applicable to both those wishing to gain basic bioarchaeology skills and those who are looking to extend already extant skill sets.

Meet and Greet

26 February 2021 11am (GMT+7)

Everyone is invited to come and discuss the course and their interest in bioarchaeology.

The Research Process

26 March 3pm 11am (GMT +7)

This interactive seminar will discuss how scientific research works, including how to come up with a unique research project

Basic Skeletal Anatomy

TBD April

Have fun learning the major bones of the skeleton and the terminology used to describe them

Age Estimation


This talk will cover simplified theory and methods of how to tell how old someone was when they died.

Sex Estimation

TBD June

This talk will show how to tell whether a set of skeletal remains is male or female.

Identifying Skeletal Pathology

TBD July

In this talk we will talk about basic pathological processes in the skeleton and what these look like in human remains.

Introduction to Isotopes

TBD August


This talk will describe the value of isotopic analysis to bioarchaeological research. You will also be taught how to properly sample skeletal remains for isotope analysis, and be given an overview of how these samples will be analysed

Introduction to Histology

TBD September


This talk will give you an introduction to the histological analysis of bone microstructure. You will also be taught how to sample bone correctly and safely for histological analysis, and be given an overview of how these bone samples will be analysed.

Introduction to Micro-LEH

TBD October


This talk will introduce developmental defects of dental enamel and explain how to analyse them using a recently developed microscopic technique.

Getting Your Research Out There

TBD November


This talk will cover how to present completed scientific research, from prestigious journals to Twitter!