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MIGRATION AND MORPHOMETRICS ANTH 501 / 690
 

Summary: MIGRATION AND MORPHOMETRICS
ANTH 501 / 690
THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE
Instructor: Benjamin Auerbach, Ph.D.
Contact information: Office: 229 South Stadium Hall
Office hours: Wednesdays, 10:00 11:00 A.M., or by appointment
E-mail: auerbach@utk.edu
Time: Wednesdays, 5:45 8:30 P.M. (5:45 6:50, lecture; 7:00 8:30, discussion)
Location: 253 South Stadium Hall
Course description: This seminar explores the background, methods, and application of techniques for
the reconstruction of morphology from archaeological human skeletal remains. We will discuss the use
of morphological reconstruction in the context of human adaptation to environmental factors, migration,
and population history. This context is provided by the populating of and migrations within the
Americas, starting at the end of the Pleistocene.
The majority of the seminar discussion will be devoted to the methods for and utilization of estimating
human morphology from skeletal remains. For example, how does one evaluate the various methods that
are available for the estimation of stature from skeletons? Which should you use, and what problems
might you anticipate from applying your choice? We will relate these estimated dimensions to
evolutionary models and skeletal biology hypotheses that associate morphological variation with
environmental effects, namely those associated with climate, subsistence, and activity. You will be asked

  

Source: Auerbach, Benjamin M. - Department of Anthropology, University of Tennessee

 

Collections: Biology and Medicine