Course code: ARKN22
Swedish title: Arkeologi och antikens historia: Benkemi och bioarkeologisk analys
Credits: 7.5

NB! The course is not given this semester. The information below is about autumn semester 2024. The course was also given earlier. Choose semester above for more information!

Study period: autumn semester 2024
Type of studies: part time, 50 %, distance course
Study period: 2024-11-11 – 2025-01-19
Language of instruction: English
Application code: LU-30054
Eligibility: To be admitted to the course, students must have completed Bachelor's courses in historical osteology, archaeology, historical archaeology, the culture and social life of classical antiquity or possess equivalent knowledge.


The use of scientific methods in archaeological research is an ever-growing field that has in many ways revolutionised our knowledge of the past. Much of the current methodological development is linked to bioarchaeology and concerns various types of chemical studies of osteological material, such as DNA analysis, proteomics and isotopic analysis of various elements. These methods have been widely adopted in most archaeological disciplines and are used for dating as well as for providing information on diseases, diet, mobility, kinship and genetic origins, to name a few examples. This field of research, which is multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary, now accounts for a considerable proportion of published research. It has therefore become increasingly important for archaeologists and osteologists to know the basics of these methods, how the results can be interpreted, and how the methods can be combined with other methods in archaeology.

This course provides basic knowledge of various scientific analyses of human and animal skeletal material, and gives an insight into current methodological developments. It also covers sampling strategies and ethical considerations regarding destructive sampling and chemical analysis of osteological material. The course also includes non-compulsory visits to laboratories to introduce students to practical work. Furthermore, the course aims to strengthen the ability to work in a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary way in order to gain new knowledge about the past.

Included parts

  • Workshop, 1.5 credits
  • Take-home Exam, 6 credits

Important dates – autumn semester 2024

Second Admission Round / Nationell ansökningsomgång

Eftermiddagstid distans Lund, halvfart
In English
11 November 2024 – 19 January 2025

Öppnas för anmälan den 15 March 2024

How to apply

Lund University uses a national application system run by University Admissions in Sweden. It is only possible to apply during the application periods: October–January for autumn semester and June–August for spring semester.

Extended application deadline

Sometimes the application deadline is extended for a specific programme or course. In these cases you will find the message "open for late application" by the programme/course information on You apply with the usual application steps. As long as this message is showing, it is possible to apply, but late applications are processed in order of date, so it is still important to apply as soon as possible. Please note that if the programme/course does not have an extended deadline, it is not possible to apply late.

First or Second Admission Round?

All international students are encouraged to apply to the First admission round. This round takes place many months before the start of a semester and gives students the time they need to pay their tuition fees, apply for and receive their residence permit (if required), find housing, etc.

The Second admission round is an alternative for students from EU/EEA countries as they do not need a residence permit. Non-EU/EEA students will most likely not have enough time to obtain their permit before the start of the semester. However, even EU/EEA students are advised to apply during the First admission round, as some programmes can be applied for only in the January round. Also, this provides applicants with an admission decision much earlier, which is helpful in making decisions about their studies.

Tuition Fees

Non-EU/EEA citizens

Full course tuition fee: SEK 15,625
First payment: SEK 15,625
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Citizens of a country outside of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland are required to pay tuition fees. You pay one instalment of the tuition fee in advance of each semester.

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EU/EEA citizens and Switzerland

There are no tuition fees for citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.

Application fee

If you are required to pay tuition fees, you are generally also required to pay an application fee of SEK 900 (approximately EUR 100) when you apply at You pay one application fee regardless of how many programmes or courses you apply to.

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Second Admission Round
Nationell ansökningsomgång
Höstterminen 2024


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