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:  March 10 – 16, 2019 and June 9 – 15, 2019
  • 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: €1,250 (including all meals, accommodation, tuition, instruction, equipment and field trips)
  • Course Type: Forensic Anthropology
  •  Application Deadline : January 17, 2019 for March program
  • April 12, 2019 for June program
  • Instructors: Dr. Dara Fleming, Dr. Denis Shine, Dr. Stephen Mandal
  • Apply through Maynooth University – click here