Please note that:

  1. All of our courses have a maximum number of people per week (see individual course page for details) and a minimum number of 4. Places are allocated on a first come/first served basis.
  2. Although we endeavour to avoid changes to our courses, we reserve the right to do so where necessary.
  3. Courses will be cancelled only under extreme circumstances, where alternative arrangements cannot be made or if numbers for the course are insufficient. In such cases a full refund will be given.

An Introduction to Human Remains


Date: w/c 16th July 2017 


In the 1950s, and during SHARP’s tenure, over 300 skeletons have been excavated from Boneyard. From these remains of the ancient Sedgeford people we can learn a great deal about past lives and experiences. SHARP offers an exceptional opportunity to learn how to carry out the archaeological interpretation of ancient human remains. 


The course covers basic anatomy, determination of age and sex, dentition and palaeopathology, as well as recording methods. The class will discuss the ethical aspect of studying human remains and will take the first step towards interpreting population data. Excavation on the Boneyard site has now come to a halt and we are moving into the post- excavation phase. The course will cover the basics of producing and presenting an osteological report on the data recorded during the week. 

No previous experience or knowledge of human skeletal biology, or archaeological excavation, is required, although an understanding of the principles of archaeological investigation is helpful. This course offers the opportunity for first hand study of human skeletal remains using skeletons excavated from the Boneyard site. As with all our courses, participants of all ages and backgrounds are welcome. 

Course Duration

6 Days



Course Fees

Full rate - £350 - includes course fee, all meals*, tent pitch, site facilities and supervision.
Concession rate - £290 - as above, but applicable to students and the unwaged.
Off-site charge - £240 - for those living locally or staying elsewhere, includes course fee, lunch, refreshments and supervision.


Number of places



To book a place on this course click here

Making payment by PayPal

If you are making payment by PayPal, please enter the amount you wish to pay (either a deposit where applicable or the remaining balance).

Enter amount: (Example:nnn.nn)