Outdoor Scene Processing & Forensic Archaeology
Apr. 23, 2015 - Apr. 24, 2015
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501 Four Mile Road New, Lisbon NJ
Tuition Cost: $300Register Now
UPDATE: This course has been certified for 14 hours of Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credit by the Register of Professional Archaeologists (RPA). For more information, click the RPA link below.
What is forensic archaeology?
Archaeology is the study of past human activity. Through excavation and the analysis of recovered artifacts, archaeologists compile a picture of human interactions, motivations, and sequences of events. Their work is based both in science and in interpretation. Forensic archaeology applies archaeological methods to crime scene examination and human remains recovery. Skills that are routine in archaeology such as documentation, excavation, and a methodical approach, can greatly increase the amount of recovered evidence at a scene. This course will introduce law enforcement professionals to the techniques archaeology can offer to homicide investigations.
Why take this course?
This course aims to provide training in the location and recovery of human remains. Participants will learn, and practice in the field, techniques that will maximize evidence recovery for outdoor scenes. This course will also introduce the application of archaeological theory and methodology to crime scene examination.
Who should take this course?
This course is ideal for professionals responsible for the recovery of physical evidence and/or human remains. Personnel from Medical Examiners’/Coroners’ offices, crime scene units, forensic labs, first responders, and law enforcement officers will all benefit from this field experience.
How is the course structured?
The course will run for two days from 9am – 4.30pm each day. Day one will include instructional sessions and the introduction to the investigation scenario. By the end of the first day, participants will use the methods learned to locate a clandestine grave. Day two will consist of a full-scale excavation and outdoor scene processing. Participants will be provided with resource material at the end of the course. For the full course itinerary, click here.