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Note: Participants must be 18 years old or older to register and attend any course.

If course is full, please contact Dr. Giovanna Vidoli at for more information on short courses.

Forensic Anthropology Field Methods May 31-June 3, 2016

This is an intensive course designed to enhance one's knowledge in forensic recovery techniques. Various mapping techniques and equipment will be discussed and applied to an outdoor context. Participants will be responsible for the recovery of scattered and buried human remains at the Anthropology Research Facility.

This course is best suited for advanced undergraduate and graduate students in physical and forensic anthropology that have experience with osteology.

Cost: $600

Outdoor Recovery Course June 6-10, 2016

This course is designed for medico-legal personnel that are actively involved in the recovery of human remains. Participants will be introduced to the role of the forensic anthropologist in a forensic investigation and how they can assist in the recovery of remains in an outdoor context. Topics covered include the basics of time since death determination and an introduction to new techniques available to law enforcement, the basics of insect collection and the use of entomological data, and forensic odontology. The archaeological approach to surface and burial recovery and the use of current technology available to aid in the recovery of human remains at the Anthropology Research Facility will be emphasized. (Note: The Outdoor Recovery course is POST certified for 24 CEU credits)

Pre-requisites: Participants must be gainfully employed in the medico-legal community. Medical Examiners, death investigators, law enforcement or other related fields will be considered.

Cost: $1000

Forensic Taphonomy

Comparative Osteology June 13-15, 2015

This is a hands-on laboratory course introduces participants to basic human osteology and differences with non-human skeletal elements.  The course will be mostly hands-on with daily quizzes and methods on how to distinguish human from non-human skeletal remains. The course is designed for students and law enforcement and focuses on how to distinguish human from non-human skeletal remains.  No previous knowledge required.

Cost: $375

Human Osteology July 11-15, 2016

This hands-on course introduces participants to human osteology and bone biology.  The course will offer an in-depth study of human skeletal remains, including fragmentary remains and dentition.  Participants will also be exposed to non-human osseous materials.  Daily quizzes will help participants track their progress and apply their knowledge.  The course is designed for students and educators who are interested in learning how to identify complete and fragmentary human bones.  No previous knowledge required. 

Cost:  $500  

Included:  Human Osteology: A Laboratory and Field Manual (2005) by W.M. Bass

R Workshop July 18-22, 2016

Course participants will learn step-by-step procedures to use R and the codes to conduct specific statistical analyses. The course is designed for beginners; however, a basic understanding of statistics is required to adequately grasp the concepts that will be discussed. Following an introduction to R as a language and an environment, the statistical analyses that will be covered include: descriptive statistics, hypothesis testing (i.e. Student’s t-tests, chi-squared tests, ANOVA, etc.), linear and logistic regression, discriminant function analysis and principal component analysis.

For an additional cost of $75, an optional session is available on Friday, July 22, for 10 participants on a first come, first serve basis. You can bring your own data set and conduct your own statistical analyses and the Instructors will be there to interpret code and offer advice.

Cost:    4 day course $450
            5 day course $525

Advanced Osteology Laboratory Methods: DATE TBD

This is an experiential laboratory methods workshop designed for advanced undergraduate and graduate students and professionals interested in expanding their knowledge of the methods used for analyzing human skeletal remains.  Topics covered include Transition Analysis for adult skeletal aging, differentiating perimortem and postmortem trauma, analyzing commingled remains and re-associating individuals.  In addition, participants will gain experience using a 3-D digitizer and associated software, Fordisc and computer-based morphological assessment tools.  Experience with traditional biological profile techniques required.  
Cost:  $850 

Included:  Data Collection Procedures for Forensic Skeletal Material (1994) by P.M. Moore-Jansen, S.D. Ousley and R.L. Jantz.


We offer University Housing for our summer short course participants for $30-35/night.   Each participant has their own bedroom.  No linens are provided (towels, sheets, pillow), however participants may rent linens for an additional $4/night.  We provide transportation from University housing to the course location.   Participants pay upon checking out of the housing.  If you have further questions about the housing please contact Carolyn Worley at

For more information, or if course is full and you wish to be put on the wait list, please contact Dr. Giovanna Vidoli

More courses to be posted soon!

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Contact Information

Forensic Anthropology Center
Department of Anthropology

250 South Stadium Hall
Knoxville, TN USA

Phone: 865-974-4408

Fax: 865-974-2686