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Summer 2016 course offerings will be posted in November!

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 26-29, 2015

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 Anthropological Research Facility.

This course is best suited for advanced undergraduate and graduate students in physical and forensic anthropology that have experience with osteology.
Cost: $525

Human Osteology: June 1-5, 2015
Human Osteology: July 6-10, 2015

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, law enforcement and educators who are interested in learning how to identify complete and fragmentary human bones and how to distinguish human from non-human skeletal remains.

No previous knowledge required.
Cost: $475
Included: Human Osteology: A Laboratory and Field Manual (2005) by W.M. Bass

Outdoor Recovery Course: June 8-12, 2015

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 Anthropological Research Facility will be emphasized. (Note: The Outdoor Recovery course is POST certified for 24 CEU credits. ABMDI certification is pending.)

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

Outdoor Recovery

Introduction to Human Identification: July 13-17, 2015

This is an introductory course exploring the theory and methods utilized in forensic anthropology. The course is designed for undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in learning how to develop a biological profile (age, sex, ancestry, stature and pathology) for forensic anthropology and bioarchaeology. Participants will work in small groups throughout the week to assess the biological profile of a skeleton assigned to them.

Prior coursework in osteology is a prerequisite. We recommend the Advanced Osetology Laboratory Methods course for students already familiar with basic biological profile estimation techniques.
Cost: $750
Included: Data Collection Procedures for Forensic Skeletal Material (1994) by P.M. Moore-Jansen, S.D. Ousley and R.L. Jantz.

Human ID

Skeletal Trauma: July 20-22, 2015

This hands-on course is designed to provide a deeper understanding of the biomechanics and biology of the skeletal response to external and biological stress. Basic biomechanical principles of skeletal response to force are demonstrated using case studies and research reviews. Blunt, gunshot and sharp force trauma are emphasized. Special attention is given to the fracture repair process and discriminating between perimortem and postmortem fractures. Application of this knowledge is demonstrated through case studies, including child abuse, mass disasters and human rights investigations.

Osteology knowledge required.
Cost: $500

Summer Course Housing

We offer University Housing for our summer short course participants for $31/night.  Participants stay in Volunteer Hall ( and each participant has their own bedroom.  Each apartment has 4 bedroom and 2 bathrooms and a washer and drier.  No linens are provided (towels, sheets, pillow), however participants may rent linens for an additional $4/night.  We provide transportation from Volunteer Hall to the course location.  Please contact Dr. Giovanna Vidoli if you have further questions about the University Housing.

Agency Specific Courses

We can produce training courses designed specifically towards the training curriculum of the organization or college. Depending on the curriculum of the requesting organization, the course may focus on osteology, human identification methods for skeletal remains, documentation of a skeletal recovery scene, outdoor recovery of skeletal remains, or other topics of interest to the agency. Courses may be between one and five days long. We will work closely with you to identify your needs and design a short course that best meets your curriculum requirements.

Forensic Taphonomy

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