This one week accredited program teaches students how to excavate and assess human remains from our 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 and 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.

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. Only payment of this deposit secures your place on the course, full payment is due by the payment deadline on December 2nd.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact us and please also consult our Terms and Conditions.

Course Details

Course Dates: January 8th-14th, 2023
Where: Birr, Co. Offaly
Enrolment Status: Closed – Join our 2024 waiting list
Including all meals, accommodation, tuition, instruction, equipment, & field trips
Course Type: Forensic Anthropology
Instructors: Dr. Denis ShineDr. Stephen Mandalassociated IAFS staff
Academic Credit: 7.5 ECTS (equivalent to 3-4 US semester credits)
Cost: €1260
Application Deadline: December 2, 2022*
Payment Deadline: December 2, 2022
*There is a late payment fee of €200 that applies after the payment deadline.

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