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Forensic Anthropology: The New Paradigm

Primary Course Instructors: Dennis Dirkmaat, Ph.D., D-ABFA; Joe Adserias-Garriga, DDS, Ph.D.; Luis Cabo, M.S.; Nicolás Marquez-Grant, PGCE, MSc, DPhil, Cranfield University; and, Laia Nogué Navarro, MS, Universitat de Vic

This course will cover all key aspects of the discipline of forensic anthropology: from the recovery of the human remains from outdoor forensic scenes, through the forensic anthropology laboratory analysis of the remains, and finally, to forensic taphonomic interpretations of past events that occurred at the scene. The topics will be presented from a practical and realistic approach through PowerPoint lectures, hands-on sessions, and forensic cases discussions.


The topics discussed throughout this week-long course include, but are not limited to:


  1. Forensic scene documentation protocols focused on forensic archaeological principles and practices specific to surface-scattered, buried body, fatal fire and mass disaster scenes.

  2. Forensic taphonomic interpretations of past events at the outdoor forensic scene (including PMI estimation, and identifying taphonomic agents impacting the evidence)

  3. Hypotheses generation and Outdoor Crime Scene Reconstruction (OCSR)

  4. Reconstruction of the biological profile through osteological and odontological means: sex, age, ancestry and stature estimation.

  5. Methods for establishing positive identification of the individual (osteological, dental and DNA).

  6. Analysis and interpretations of blunt force, sharp force, and gun shot trauma.

  7. Forensic analysis of burned human remains.


Audience: Students of Forensic Anthropology and other Forensic Sciences, Law enforcement, Medicolegal professionals, Criminal Law attorneys, and Crime Writers, among others. No previous experience is required. Must be 18 years of age.

Barcelona, Spain

June 26-29, 2023


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Download our syllabus here

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