Forensic Anthropology Field School at UTM (ANT306H5F)

The Foresnic Anthropology Field School course (ANT306H5F) is not offered in the 2019-20 academic year.

Updates regarding ANT306 in the 2020-21 academic year will be posted to this page in February-March 2020.


The Forensic Anthropology Field School course (ANT306H5F) is an introduction to the field of forensic anthropological field techniques and scene interpretation.

Topics covered include:

  • crime scene protocols and record keeping;
  • establishing perimeters;
  • establishing a datum;
  • searching for human remains and clandestine burials;
  • mapping small scenes;
  • mapping large scenes (high and low tech);
  • establishing a grid;
  • excavation techniques;
  • stratification, soils, tool marks, and other evidence from the grave;
  • casting soil imprints;
  • taphonomy and taphonomic inference;
  • photography;
  • collecting evidence;
  • maintaining the chain of evidence;
  • scene interpretation part 1- reconstructing activity relating to the death and/or deposition of the victim;
  • scene interpretation part 2 - reconstructing post-depositional events.


The August field school and the Fall term lab sessions take place on the UTM campus.

Course delivery timeline

Students must be available for both the August fieldwork and the laboratory classes in the Fall term. Participation in August fieldwork is a required part of the course. This course is typically offered every other year.

  • Fieldwork takes place from 9 am to 5 pm over two consecutive weeks.
  • Weekly two-hour laboratory classes are held during the fall term. 

Fees and supplies to be purchased

  • Students are only charged Fall Registration for the course; there are no summer tuition charges.
  • Students must submit a non-refundable ancillary fee of $35.00 CAD to the UTM Anthropology Department prior to being enrolled in the course via ROSI/ACORN. (The ancillary fee covers the cost of minor field school supplies. All excavation equipment will be supplied.)
  • There is some personal equipment that you will need in order to participate (more details on these items will be provided to students enrolled in the course):
    • Long pants and long-sleeve shirts
    • Hat
    • Hiking shoes or boots
    • Gloves
    • Safety glasses
    • Sunscreen
    • Insect repellant
    • A light rain poncho, or rain jacket and pants
    • Water: You must bring at least one water bottle with you every day.
    • Pens/Pencils
    • Trowel (optional)

Eligibility and prerequisites

  • Prerequisite: ANT205H5
  • Students must have the approval of the UTM Anthropology Department before being enrolled in the course on ROSI/ACORN. Approval will be based on number of credits completed, area of concentration, academic standing, course background and/or previous courses.
  • This field school course is only open to University of Toronto students. First priority will be given to UTM students. Enrolment is limited.

Application and enrolment process

  1. Request departmental approval to enrol in the course by submitting the online Field School Application Form. Applications are normally accepted during the winter term (check this page for application deadlines for future offerings.
  2. Check your email account for the results of your application (emails are usually sent starting in April). If you receive departmental approval to enrol in this course, you must complete the steps below in order to complete your enrolment.
  3. If you are approved to enrol in the course, submit the $35.00 CAD ancillary fee to the Departmental Assistant in HSC304. We can only accept cash (exact amount as change is not provided) or cheque (cheques must be made payable to "University of Toronto"). A receipt for payment will be provided to you.
  4. After you have submitted your payment, the department will enrol you in the course via ROSI/ACORN (when enrolment is open). You must submit your ancillary fee payment before we can enrol you in the course on ROSI/ACORN.


If you have any questions please contact the Departmental Assistant at