How can archaeology help solve murders? The principles of forensic archaeology
Time: 10:30 - 12:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HS256
Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)
What is the course about?
Taught by a specialist with a background in both forensic archaeology and forensic anthropology, this course will let you discover how archaeology and its research methods can help solve crimes starting from locating the burial places, the recovery human remains, and recording and analysis of the scene. Archaeology can produce invaluable evidence for prosecution and help the authorities close cases and cut costs.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
• The role of forensic archaeology in a crime investigation
• Methods of locating a grave
• Methods of recovering a body
• Methods of recording and documenting a crime scene
• Interpretation of finds.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Understand the significant advantage archaeological techniques offer to crime investigation
• Discuss the limitation of those methods
• Understand the role of a forensic archaeologist in a crime scene
• Explain the methods used by a forensic archaeologist to aid crime investigations
• Solve a simple crime scene scenario.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an introductory level course and is open to all, no prior knowledge of the subject is required. However, prior attendance in ‘How archaeology can help solve murders – a brief introduction to forensic archaeology’ course might help you get a better understanding. You also need a good grasp of English to keep up with the course and be able to participate in the discussions.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught in several ways including presentation with visual examples, discussion and on-screen exercises.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Bring pen and notepad if you wish to take notes. There will be no additional costs.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
HS221 What mysteries can bones solve? Forensic anthropology beyond TV
HS229 How can archaeology help solve murders? A brief introduction to forensic anthropology
HS230 Race science: then and now
HS255 Skeletons talk: Secrets revealed by bones.
Agata started her career as an archaeologist in Poland. Quite early she discovered her passion about discovering the personal stories of people from the past. This meant she focused her later study on osteology to be more involved with this. Quickly she realized that she could use her skills in a way with more impact on the present. So she started working as an assistant in a forensic anthropology lab in Gdansk, Poland, helping to solve forensic mysteries. She decided that she wanted to study this topic further and moved to UK. She completed her MSc Forensic Anthropology at Bournemouth University in 2016. Since then, she has continued to work in major infrastructure projects in the UK as an archaeologist, team leader and osteologist. Her recent project in central London discovered around 30 thousand skeletons. She also regularly works with archaeologists and the prosecution in other European countries where she helps the prosecution answer questions about deceased people’s identification, life and death and assists archaeologists in examining the health and demography of past populations.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.