Forensic Anthropology – Dead Men Do Tell Tales


This one week  program teaches students how to excavate and assess human remains in the surroundings of the Irish National Heritage Park located in Wexford on Ireland’s south-east coast. The Dead Men Do Tell Tales course is designed for students from a variety of academic backgrounds with an interest in osteoarchaeology and physical/forensic anthropology. Students will gain practical burial excavation experience (in a controlled staged environment) and have the opportunity to analyse archaeological skeletal remains during laboratory sessions. Topics covered during lab sessions include: human and comparative osteology; determining sex, approximate age-at-death, living stature, identifying palaeopathological conditions and understanding how these techniques are used in archaeological and forensic contexts.The course integrates field excavation and practical laboratory sessions with cultural heritage excursions. Staying with local families in homestay accommodation, this program also offers a deeply enriching cultural immersion, guaranteeing students a truly memorable experience.

Course Details

  • Course Dates: 11-18 March or 10-16 June, 2018
  • Where: Wexford and the Irish National Heritage Park
  • Enrollment Status: OPEN
  • Academic Credit: 7,5 ECTS (equivalent to 3-4 US semester credits)
  • Total Cost: €1250 (including all meals, accommodation, tuition, instruction, equipment and field trips)
  • Course Type: Forensic Anthropology
  • Payment Deadline: December 31st 2017 for the March program, March 16th for the June program
  • Instructors: Dr. Dara Fleming, Dr. Denis Shine, Dr. Stephen Mandal
  • Apply through Maynooth University – click here