This UMass Amherst field course introduces students to the role of the biological anthropologist, archaeologist and forensic scientist in the excavation of human remains.
The course is divided into three sections:
The first introduces students to field and laboratory techniques. Topics include:
The second section consists of the students entering the field to gain hands-on experience. Excavations are of a pseudo-crime scene and pseudo-archaeological burial, and helps the students develop knowledge through the “Low Stakes, High Impact” learning model.
The final section focuses on the laboratory techniques used to analyze the data generated from these two pseudo-excavation sites. Throughout the course we explore key concepts in ethics, repatriation, public outreach, medico-legal death investigation, and regulations regarding unmarked burials.
Through excavation and lab analysis this field school addresses three major questions in the fields of bioarchaeology and forensic anthropology:
In addition, students will learn how professionals work in the field, examine ethical issues and guidelines, and explore questions of what constitutes violence and how we recognize evidence of violence on human remains and material objects.
For further inquiries about the field school, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2018 Field Season
Applicant Decisions Announced:
Field Season Dates:
UMass Summer Session 1
May 21 - June 29, 2018
For more updates and journals from the current excavations, visit the UMass Bioarchaeology and Forensic Anthropology Facebook page.