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Field and Laboratory Methods in Bioarchaeology and Forensic Anthropology

Location: Amherst, Massachusetts, United States

May 20, 2013 to June 28, 2013

Application Deadline: 
Monday, April 15, 2013

Deadline Type: 
Exact date

Program Type

Field school

RPA certified



University of Massachusetts Amherst

Project Director:

Heidi Bauer-Clapp, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Project Description


This course introduces students to the role of the biological anthropologist, archaeologist and forensic scientist in excavations of human remains.

The course will be divided into three units. The first unit will introduce students to field and laboratory techniques, including familiarity with the human skeletal system, recognizing what constitutes bioarchaeological or forensic data, and violence theory. The second unit will consist of excavations of a pseudo-crime scene and pseudo-archaeological burial. The third unit will focus on laboratory techniques used to analyze the data generated from these two excavation sites.  Throughout the course we will explore key concepts in ethics, repatriation, medicolegal death investigation and regulations regarding unmarked burials.

Enrollment is by permission of the instructor.  Students wishing to enroll must submit an application by April 15,2013, to Heidi Bauer-Clapp, Department of Anthropology, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, MA 01003.  Email applications are accepted:  Applications are available at the UMass Amherst Anthropology Department website:

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Room and Board Arrangements

Must be arranged by participant.  Instructor will provide information for on-campus housing at UMass Amherst.

Academic Credit

Name of institution offering credit: 
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Number of credits offered 6


Contact Information
Heidi Bauer-Clapp
201 Machmer Hall UMass