Location: San Bernardino, California, United States
For nearly 100 years (1908-2008), unidentified remains in San Bernardino County California have been buried in a three acre plot of land located in one of the county’s many cemeteries. Many of these individuals were the victims of foul play, others were simply forgotten by society, but all have one thing in common: forensic science was unable to identify who they were using the methods available at the time. In 2001, the California Senate passed Bill 297, which asked counties such as San Bernardino to apply modern DNA analysis to these decades-old cold cases. This field school will conduct forensic work to assist in such identification. Students will excavate burials in forensic contexts, perform preliminary analysis of the remains and help collect remains to send for further laboratory analysis before documenting and reburying the remains.
Period(s) of Occupation: Historical Period/Forensic Archaeology
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Full program
Room and Board Arrangements
Students will be provided with rooms in residence halls on campus at California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB). In most units, bathrooms are shared by two occupants. Each apartment comes fully furnished with appliances (refrigerator, oven range, and garbage disposal), twin bed, desk and chair, dresser, and closet. Rooms are double occupancy; single rooms may be requested at an additional cost to the student. Residence halls have wireless internet.
Students will enjoy a meal plan for the duration of the field school, which will include breakfast, lunch and dinner. When in the field, breakfasts and lunches will be ‘grab and go’ packages for travel. When on campus, meals can be eaten in the dining halls on campus. Some food restrictions may be accommodated; check with the instructors regarding any special diet you may have or if you would like to cook your own meals for the duration of the field school.