Forensic Anthropology – Dead Men Do Tell Tales

By December 23, 2018 February 14th, 2020 All Programs, NUI Maynooth Programs

Overview: This one week credited 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 8 – 14, 2020
    • June 7 – 13, 2020
  • 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: €1,260 (including all meals, accommodation, tuition, instruction, equipment, t-shirt and field trips)
  • Scholarships: Yes – For June Program only.  Amount: €500.  Eligibility: Open to all applicants who submit a completed application and pay a program deposit by the early bird deadline of Friday March 27, 2020.  As our programs are on a first come first serve basis, we recommend all applicants send in applications ahead of time. Applicants are chosen based on the strength of a ‘personal statement’ (no more than 300 words), outlining why they should be awarded the scholarship.
  • Course Type: Forensic Anthropology
  • Application Deadline : February 14, 2020 for March program; April 1, 2020 for June program
  • Payment Deadline : February 14, 2020 for March program; May 7, 2020 for June program
  • Instructors: Dr. Linda Lynch, Dr. Denis Shine, Dr. Stephen Mandal
  • For further program information see Maynooth University