Learn the science behind the exhumation and identification of skeletal remains
The location, exhumation and identification of the dead requires highly specialised expertise. On this course, you’ll learn the latest scientific techniques for body location, recovery and analysis.
Through a series of real-life case studies, video lab sessions, interactive 3D models, photographs and podcasts, you’ll explore key forensic techniques.
You’ll learn how to locate gravesites, excavate human remains, and determine factors like sex and age-at-death from the skeleton. You will also understand how to identify pathology on the skeleton, and be introduced to DNA analysis.
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to…
Explore the application of archaeology and anthropology to different forensic contexts
Develop knowledge of the latest methods in forensic archaeology and anthropology
Compare the roles of different forensic specialists
Interpret the post-mortem changes to the human body in differing contexts
Describe a range of forensic case studies
Evaluate the potentials and limitations of the scientific methods used to locate and recover human remains in forensic contexts
Investigate the different scientific techniques used to identify deceased individuals from skeletal remains and establish cause of death
Reflect on learning gained throughout the course, including the latest research, and how this can be applied to modern forensic and archaeological contexts.
This course is suitable for anyone intrigued by forensic archaeology and anthropology.
The course is specifically designed for forensic, crime scene, and police practitioners who require training in anthropological and archaeological techniques.
It will be useful for undergraduate forensics students or those interested in studying forensic archaeology and anthropology at university.
It may also be useful to those working in legal and human rights contexts who require an understanding of forensic methods.