Core Principles: Outdoor Crime Scene Reconstruction, Vol. XXXI
Primary Course Instructors: Dennis Dirkmaat, Ph.D., D-ABFA; Michael J Hochrein, Special Agent FBI, Ret.; Luis Cabo, MS, and Todd Jester, Precision Laser and Instrument, Inc.
This five-day course will introduce participants, primarily law enforcement investigators and medicolegal professionals, to the principles, practices and methods of Forensic Archaeology and Forensic Taphonomy as applied to the outdoor forensic scene. Lectures and practical exercises involving crime scene mapping and recovery of mock outdoor crime scenes will be used to describe state-of-the-art methods available to investigators during the documentation and recovery of physical evidence, including human remains, from a variety of outdoor contexts, including large-scale searches, surface scatters, buried body features, fatal fires, and mass disaster scenes. Significant hands-on activities related to the production of the hand-drawn map to the use of the electronic total station, survey-grade GPS, 3-D scene scanning, and aerial drone documentation, will be presented. Focus will be on the interpretation of past activities at the outdoor Death Scene through Forensic Taphonomic means.
This course has been presented each summer for the last 29 years and represents the longest running short course devoted exclusively to forensic archaeology in the world.
Course Location: Mercyhurst University, Erie, PA
Course Participants: Individuals over 18yrs of age. Limed to 20 participants.
College and University students (undergraduate and graduate);
College professors and instructors (teaching classes in Forensic Anthropology, Biological Anthropology, Forensic Science, Criminalistics, Medicolegal Death Investigation, and Criminal Law); and
Professionals in law enforcement, criminal investigation, medicolegal death investigation, and the legal profession (prosecutors, defense attorneys).
June 6-10, 2022