The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Forensic Anthropology and Bioarchaeology

Date: July 5 - July 18, 2020

Program length: 2 weeks

In this 2-week intensive, we will explore the field of Forensic Anthropology and learn how the science of biological anthropology is applied to legal processes. Students will be introduced to forensic death investigation and learn about basic skeletal biology, entomology, and forensic science methods. We will have daily lab exercises where students work with skeletal remains of humans and other animals and learn how to ID bones and recognize signs of trauma and disease. 

You will:

  • work in groups to create a biological profile of a skeleton: you will determine their age, sex, ancestry, and potential injuries. This is important information when you're trying to determine the identity of an individual and/or their potential cause of death.  
  • learn the proper procedure used to collect skeletal elements from a potential crime scene
  • examine the ethical issues involved when working with human skeletal remains
  • take part in a mock-crime scene investigation, and use the techniques we learned to process a scene and analyze evidence!



Sarah Reedy

Lecturer, Department of Anthropology

Stacey Matarazzo

Lecturer, Department of Anthropology