Field and Laboratory Methods in Bioarchaeology and Forensic Anthropology
This course introduces students to the role of the biological anthropologist, archaeologist and forensic scientist in excavations of human remains. The focus is on techniques used in both archaeological site survey and crime scene recovery and laboratory analysis of the resulting data. Techniques such as documentation of sites, site photography, mapping, and excavation methods will be covered. The course will be divided into three units. The first unit will introduce students to field and laboratory techniques, including familiarity with the human skeletal system, recognizing what constitutes bioarchaeological or forensic data, and violence theory. The second unit will consist of excavations of a pseudo-crime scene and pseudo-archaeological burial. The third unit will focus on laboratory techniques used to analyze the data generated from these two excavation sites.
The application deadline for the ANT 598: Field and Laboratory Methods in Bioarchaeology and Forensic Anthropology has been extended to May 11. This course is being offered by the Department of Anthropology at UMass Amherst June 4-July 6, 2012.