- Code BIAN6515
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Biological Anthropology
- Areas of interest Anthropology, Archaeology, Biological Anthropology, Forensic Anthropology
- Work Integrated Learning Fieldwork
- Academic career PGRD
- Mode of delivery In Person
- Co-taught Course
This course offers students a broad introduction to the fields of Forensic Anthropology and Archaeology. Students will be trained in recovering forensic evidence using archaeological methods, both practically (as part of field training) and theoretically. The basics of human biological profile reconstruction will also be taught in a lab setting. We will cover a variety of topics that pertain to crime scene investigation, including how to identify and analyse skeletonised human remains. This course focuses solely on medico-legal contexts of human remains, with examples from domestic and international cases. Student will gain a set of skills necessary, and appropriate in terms of the requirements of the Australian medico-legal professions, for the practical management and excavation of a body/crime scene.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- reconstruct a basic biological profile from a set of human skeletal remains;
- recover forensic evidence using archaeological methods as part of a mock excavation in the field;
- analyse and report forensic evidence in a written format;
- describe, explain, and critically evaluate methods used in Forensic Anthropology; and
- discuss and construct an academic argument around an issue/ issues in Forensic Anthropology and Archaeology case(s), including in your argument suggestions for improving current methods and standards in Forensic Anthropology/ Archaeology.
Work Integrated Learning
Students complete a mock crime scene excavation and then do an assessment using the data they have collected in the field. These activities provide key practical and analytical skills needed for a career in forensics/archaeology/bioarchaeology.
- Mock Conference Poster (500 words) (25) [LO 4,5]
- 10 Minute Poster Presentation (10) [LO 4,5]
- 5 x Lab Book Entries (One entry a week for five weeks; 200 words per week) (25) [LO 2,3]
- Crime Scene Investigation Report (3500 words) (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 37 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 22 hours of lectures, 11 hours of laboratories, and 4 hours of field training*; and
b) 93 hours of independent student research, reading, and writing.
*Please note that participation in the field training (mock excavation) is mandatory. The times and dates of the excavation will be confirmed at the beginning of semester, but it is likely that the excavation will be repeated each morning and afternoon from Monday to Wednesday in Week 6. Each student participates in the excavation for one half-day only (8am-12 noon or 1-5pm). The allocation of students to a particular excavation session is undertaken at the start of the course to account for each student's other Week 6 commitments as far as possible.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Students are required to have their own copy of the following text book: White TD, and Folkens PA. 2005. The Human Bone Manual. Boston: Academic Press. This book is invaluable for helping with learning skeletal anatomy and for aiding bone identification in field and lab settings. A detailed list of course readings will be uploaded to Wattle prior to the start of semester.
White, TD, Black, MT, Folkens, PA. 2012. Human osteology. Amsterdam: Academic Press.
Bass, WM. 2005. Human Osteology: A Laboratory and Field Manual. Columbia, Missouri: Missouri Archaeological Society.
Scheuer L, Black S, and Christie A. 2000. Developmental Juvenile Osteology. San Diego, CA: Academic Press.
Hillson S. 1996. Dental Anthropology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Prior knowledge of the human skeleton and biological profiling (e.g., age and sex estimation from the skeleton) is advantageous for this course. Students wishing to develop this knowledge are encouraged to take BIAN6517 Human Skeletal Analysis, prior to enrolling.
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