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9 May 2022 2:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

The Washburn University Forensic Anthropology Recovery Unit (WU-FARU) and Dr. Alexandra Klales, D-ABFA will be offering two forensic anthropology training short courses in person this summer 2022 (May and June) in Topeka, KS. We have a handful of spots left in both courses, so if you know anyone that may be interested- please pass it along!

Forensic Archaeology 

May 23-27, 2022  -  Monday-Friday: 8am - 5pm Central                                                                                 



This five-day intensive short course is designed to familiarize participants with the forensic archaeological methods used to recover human remains at outdoor crime scenes. Participants will learn how to search for, document, and recover human remains via lectures and mock-scenes involving surface scattered and buried remains. Various state-of-the-art mapping and documentation techniques will be presented and applied during recovery. Lectures will also cover specialized techniques for mass fatalities, plane crashes, and fatal fire scenes. $100 non-refundable course deposit fee required at registration sign-up to secure a spot in the course. Note: a portion of the course will occur off-campus at a designated field site in Topeka, KS- travel to and from the site will be provided.  


Human Osteology 

May 31-June 3, 2022  -  Tuesday-Friday: 8am - 5pm Central 

The goal of this four-day short course is to familiarize students and professionals with the identification of human skeletal remains. Emphasis will be placed on identifying and siding fragmentary human bone, recognizing sub-adult remains, and understanding human skeletal anatomy. Participants will be introduced to normal human variation, as well as, some taphonomic and pathological changes. The course involves extensive hands-on opportunities with real bone fragments, supplemented by detailed lectures, presentations, and actual forensic case studies. Course is co-taught with Dr. Ashley Maxwell. No osteological experience is required; however, you may want to consider (i.e., optional) purchasing the following reference text for use during the course: White & Folkens (2005) The Human Bone Manual (~$30). $100 non-refundable course deposit fee required at registration sign-up to secure a spot in the course.

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