Bioarchaeology/Forensic Anthropology – Introduction to Excavating and Recording Human Remains

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Overview: This two week program provides a unique program, teaching students how to excavate and assess human remains within a multi-period burial site, in Ferns, County Wexford. The program 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 will analyse archaeological skeletal remains during a series of laboratory sessions (which include instruction on topics such as human and comparative osteology, determining sex approximate age-at-death, living stature, identifying palaeopathological conditions, etc). The course integrates a live field excavation, whereby students learn how to locate and record burials within a ‘real’ setting – the 7th century St Aidan’s monastery and 12th century St Mary’s Augustinian Abbey.

Staying with local families in homestay accommodation, this program also offers a deeply enriching cultural immersion, guaranteeing students a truly memorable experience. The site is located within Ferns town, one of Ireland’s most important medieval centres, providing a stunning backdrop to the archaeological training.

Course Details

  • Course Dates: July 12 – 25, 2020
  • Where: St. Aidan’s Monastery, Ferns, County Wexford, Ireland.
  • Enrollment Status: OPEN
  • Academic Credit: 2 semester credit units (equivalent to 3 quarter units)
  • Total Cost: US$2,750 (including all meals, accommodation, tuition, instruction, equipment, t-shirt and field trips)
  • Course Type: Bioarchaeology/Forensic Anthropology
  • Payment Deadline : April 3, 2020
  • Instructors: Dr. Linda Lynch, Dr. Denis Shine
  • Enrolment for this program opens in November 2019. In the interim you can still register your interest by clicking HERE
  • Apply through the Institute for Field Research