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Recovery of Outdoor Forensic Scenes: Basics of Forensic Archaeology and Forensic Taphonomy

Primary Course Instructors: Dennis C. Dirkmaat, Ph.D., D-ABFA and Michael J. Hochrein (FBI, ret)

This one-day course will introduce participants 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, and buried body features. Many actual forensic cases will be presented.

Special Offer: 10% discount if you sign up for two of our one-day courses

Course Location: Mercyhurst University, Erie, PA


Course Participants: Coroner’s Office personnel, Law enforcement personnel, advanced undergraduates and

graduate students (limited to 20 individuals)

Check out our course syllabus!

To register for this course: 

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Oct 18


*Approved for 8 PA Coroner's continuing education credit hours*

*Approved for 8 hours for IAI Initial Crime Scene certification and recertification*

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Dennis Dirkmaat,
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Michael Hochrein,
FBI (Ret.)
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