Forensic Anthropology Field School at UMass

> We would like to highlight our bioarchaeology and forensic anthropology field school at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. This course introduces students to the role of the biological anthropologist, archaeologist and forensic scientist in excavations of human remains.
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> The course will be divided into three units. The first unit will introduce students to field and laboratory techniques, including familiarity with the human skeletal system, recognizing what constitutes bioarchaeological or forensic data, and violence theory. The second unit will consist of excavations of a pseudo-crime scene and pseudo-archaeological burial. The third unit will focus on laboratory techniques used to analyze the data generated from these two excavation sites, and the design and building of the following year?s burial sites.  Throughout the course we will explore key concepts in ethics, repatriation, medicolegal death investigation and regulations regarding unmarked burials.
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> Our field school is aimed at giving students a better understanding of work in these fields, ethical issues and guidelines, and what constitutes violence and how to recognize evidence of violence on human remains and material objects.  The Low Stakes, High Impact learning model we have developed for this field school provides students with the opportunity to develop the professional and academic skills to immediately pursue career and graduate opportunities in a number of different professional settings.
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> Each participating student will be awarded 6 semester credit units through the University of Massachusetts Amherst Continuing Education Division.
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> For more information please visit: www.umass.edu/anthro .
> Or find us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/umassbioarchforensics .
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> Looking forward to having your students join us in this exciting field school.
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> Sincerely,
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> Ventura Pérez
> Director

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