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FAC Short Courses

Our 2019 training course period is now closed.  Below is an example of the courses we had this past year.  Please check back in November for our 2020 summer courses!!  

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

Introduction to Forensic Anthropology: August 12-16, 2019

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 encouraged.

Cost: $700

Human Osteology Course: May 20-24, 2019

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: $550

Forensic Anthropology Field Methods: May 28-31, 2019

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:


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.

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   
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For an inside look in our training courses, see this video with the FBI Evidence Recovery Team!

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