Forensic Archaeology and Outdoor Crime Scene Recovery , Vol. XXIX

Primary Course Instructors: Dennis Dirkmaat, Ph.D., D-ABFA, and Michael J Hochrein, Special Agent FBI, Ret.

June 22-26, 2020


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 28 years and represents the longest running short course devoted exclusively to forensic archaeology in the world. 

Course Location: Erie, PA


Course Participants: Individuals over 18yrs of age.

*Approved for 41 ABMDI continuing education credit hours*

*Approved for 40 hours for IAI Initial Crime Scene certification and recertification*

To register for this course: 

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Dennis Dirkmaat,
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Michael Hochrein,
FBI (Ret.)

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