Dr. Rebecca J. Gilmour

biological anthropologist & archaeologist

  • Teaching Ideas Table of Contents

    Schematic Subadults - Age Estimation With Canvas (November 21, 2019) Dubble Bubble Tooth & Gum (November 5, 2019) Cranial Articulation Spiders and MNI (October 29, 2019) Playdoh ossification centers and growth (October 15, 2019) Bone Biology Cupcakes (October 12, 2019) Metacarpal Tattoos! (October 7, 2019)

  • Bioarchaeology of Care Scaffolded Assignment

    I teach a course I call "(Dis)ability and Care: Bioarchaeological Perspectives" - in this course we cover a lot of ground from critical disability theory to the new developments in the Bioarchaeology of Care. This Winter term 2020 is the second run through of the course, and while there's lots I could say about this course and what we do, I thought it would be useful to reflect on my main assignment as we go! Above: Illustration RJG, a 'broken Roman'. The main assessment in this course is a four…

  • Schematic Sub-Adults - Age Estimation with Canvas

    Update October 14, 2020: I adapted this activity for publication in the EXPLORATIONS: An Open Invitation to Biological Anthropology Lab Manual. You can view this activity at: http://explorations.americananthro.org/index.php/lab-and-activities-manual/ and specifically: https://docs.google.com/document/d/12Ru7GfJ8BdAdtfFFRrIX9azHazAFXTjwQeWFP7J1uAo/edit#heading=h.ybnllkz4tdir This week's osteology active learning lecture had us practicing age-estimation in juvenile skeletal material - the catch b…

  • Dubble Bubble Tooth & Gum

    Today's osteology lecture introduced us to the dentition! As we've spent a little time already this term going over some sex estimation methods, and emphasizing how sexual dimorphism exists on a contiuum, I saw today as a perfect opportunity to not only talk about teeth and dental morphology, but also hammer home some of the concepts about sex. This activity was inspired by a cusp-morphology activity suggested in Kristina Killgrove's Human Osteology Lab Workbook A handout for my activity can be…

  • Cranial Articulation Spiders and MNI

    Update October 14, 2020: I adapted this activity for publication in the EXPLORATIONS: An Open Invitation to Biological Anthropology Lab Manual. You can view this activity at: http://explorations.americananthro.org/index.php/lab-and-activities-manual/ and specifically: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1poWStx-dnyvdovVX4V6fy7Hb99xV1Fn2SAEjn6TqrXw/edit# In today's osteology/bioarchaeology class we worked started to learn about the cranium, with one of the objectives being to think about the cr…

  • Playdoh ossification centers and growth

    One of the goals early in my human osteology and bioarchaeology course is to get students thinking about bone growth and development. How better to do this than by using Play-doh! I distributed little pots of Play-doh to the class. They then worked in groups of 2 to build either a subadult humerus or femur. They used one colour for the primary ossification center, and a second colour for the secondary ossification centers. The goal of this exercise was to get them thinking about how our bones ar…

  • Bone Biology Cupcakes

    In the early weeks of my human osteology and bioarchaeology course we had to cover a lot of terms, and a lot of ideas. Bone biology seemed to be the most daunting, and out of necessity, it was scheduled early in the term. I wanted to help the students remember the macro elements that we were discussing, so I decided (after checking for allergies) to make some illustrative cupcakes. Trabecular bone was represented by the spongey cake The first layer of (chocolate) icing represented the cortical …

  • Metacarpal Tattoos!

    Two weeks ago I introduced my human osteology & bioarchaeology class to the hand bones (along with all of the typical nmemonic devices to remember the carpals....). While they also had the opportunity to investigate the elements during lab hours, I wanted to help further solidify these elements in their memory - so we gave eachother temporary tattoos last week! There are various studies that suggest that drawing can help one better remember items (for example) - I believe that illustration can …