This course 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; part 2 - reconstructing post-depositional events.
Students must be available for both field and laboratory sessions.
Students must have prior approval of the department to register in the course. Admission will be based on number of credits completed, area of concentration, academic standing, course background and/or previous courses.
An ancillary fee will be applied to cover the cost of field school supplies minor expenses.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE FORENSIC ANTHROPOLOGY FIELD SCHOOL IS ONLY OPEN TO UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO STUDENTS. FIRST PRIORITY WILL BE GIVEN TO UTM STUDENTS.
To sign up, please visit: https://www.utm.utoronto.ca/anthropology/field-schools/forensic-anthropology-field-school-utm