Overview: This one week accredited program teaches students how to excavate and assess human remains from the beautiful Birr campus of County Offaly. The Dead Men Do Tell Tales course is designed for students from a variety of backgrounds with an interest in osteoarchaeology and physical/forensic anthropology. This program is run in partnership with Maynooth University, taught by experts in their fields.

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 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.

Covid-19: We are monitoring the situation closely, we will make updates as required and keep you informed. In the event that a student cancels a program please see our Terms and Conditions. If you have any questions or concerns please contact us, thank you.


Course Details  

  • Course Dates: March 13-19, 2022
  • Where: Birr, Co. Offaly
  • Enrolment Status: OPEN
  • Including all meals, accommodation, tuition, instruction, equipment, t-shirt and field trips
  • Course Type: Forensic Anthropology
  • Instructors: Dr. Linda Lynch, Dr. Denis Shine, Dr. Stephen Mandal

March Program

  • Academic Credit: 7.5 ECTS (equivalent to 3-4 US semester credits)
  • Cost: €1260
  • Application Deadline: Feb 14, 2022*
  • Payment Deadline: Feb 14, 2022
*A late application fee of €200 will apply after this date.
Registration does not guarantee acceptance to the program, which is contingent on a reference check. Once we have contacted your referee, and are happy with their reference, we will contact you with an official acceptance and payment link for a minimum payment of a €500 deposit.
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