The Catholic University of America

New in Spring 2011


Instructor: Dr. David T. Clark

A course about state-of-the-art forensic sciences employed by archaeologists and biological anthropologists to investigate and interpret human skeletal remains worldwide to uncover causes and circumstances surrounding human death.

The class will focus on archaeological/biological anthropological methods used to investigate and document human remains and their associated archaeological sites, including International Criminal Justice sites. Using the Anthropology laboratory, students will analyze the human skeleton (Human Osteology) to learn how forensic scientists determine, analyze and interpret clues from human remains. Hands-on, interactive projects will reinforce class concepts; readings will explore basics of forensic science, recent discoveries of human remains worldwide using forensic methods; forensic issues/analytical methods will be studied though various media resources, Internet and DVD. Students will conduct weekly internet projects using the vast number of web-sites related to forensic research.
Class information will be augmented by field trips to local forensic research facilities (i.e., Smithsonian), where students will (a) meet and discuss forensic projects with nationally renowned museum staff and (b) visit “Written In Bone”, a new, highly acclaimed applied archaeology forensics exhibit.
  • Byers, Steven (2008),3rd Ed. Introduction to Forensic Anthropology.
  • Burns, Karen (1999). Forensic Anthropology Training Manual.
  • Bahn, Paul G., ed. (2003). Written in Bones: How Human Remains Unlock Secrets of the Dead.
  • Bass, B and Jefferson, J. (2003). Death’s Acre.
  • Browning, M. and Maples, W.R. (1995). Dead Men Do Tell Tales.
  • Ubalaker, D. and Scammally, H. (2000). Bones.
  • Reichs, K. (2005). Bare Bones.