ARCH06035 2013 FORENSIC ARCHAEOLOGY AND ANTHROPOLOGY

General Details

Full Title
FORENSIC ARCHAEOLOGY AND ANTHROPOLOGY
Transcript Title
FORENSIC ARCHAEOLOGY
Code
ARCH06035
Attendance
N/A %
Subject Area
ARCH - Archaeology
Department
ESCI - Environmental Science
Level
06 - NFQ Level 6
Credit
05 - 05 Credits
Duration
Semester
Fee
Start Term
2013 - Full Academic Year 2013-14
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Author(s)
Chris Read
Programme Membership
SG_SAPPL_H08 201300 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Applied Archaeology SG_SAPPL_B07 201700 Bachelor of Science in Applied Archaeology SG_SAPPL_C06 201700 Higher Certificate in Science in Applied Archaeology SG_SAPPL_H08 201700 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Applied Archaeology
Description

This course will provide an introduction to the highly specialised sub-fields of forensic archaeology and forensic anthropology. Forensic archaeologists are involved primarily in the search for and retrieval of crime related evidence and in particular, human remains.  This is achieved through the application of archaeological techniques, methods and theories in situations where the search and recovery of evidence can make use of archaeological skills such as surveying, remote sensing and especially excavation. This course will also provide a brief introduction to forensic anthropology, the analysis of human remains from crime scenes, accidents and genocides.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;

1.
Demonstrate an understanding of the important roles to be played by archaeologists and archaeological techniques in crime scene investigations.
2.
Explain the importance of stratigraphic excavation in the recovery of human remains and other forms of buried evidence.
3.
Apply various forms of remote sensing in the search for evidence, being aware of the limitations of the different techniques.
4.
Interpret data from both survey and remote sensing for the development of an excavation strategy.
5.
Demonstrate familiarity with the human skeleton.
6.
Identify the evidential constraints associated with human remains in different types of environment and from different disposal methods.

Module Assessment Strategies

Assesments will include two small in class tests on key elementss of Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology, a practical group project including a mock excavation and report and short final exam covering key concepts.

Module Dependencies

Prerequisites
None
Co-requisites
None
Incompatibles
None

Indicative Syllabus

Week 1          Introduction to Forensic Archaeology,

Week 2          Evidential Search and Recovery

Week 3          The Excavation of Human Remains

Week 4          Stratigraphic Excavation and Test

Week 5          Case Studies

Week 6          Techniques and anticipated results of forensic anthropology

Week 7          Mummies, bog bodies, cremations and inhumations; Mass graves and war crimes

Week 8          Introduction to the human skeleton practical

Week 9          Forensic Anthropology Cast Studies

Week 10        Excavation project

Week 11        Excavation Project

Week 12        Excavation project

Week 13        Introduction to remote sensing in forensic archaeology

Week 14        Geophysical cast studies.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
70 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
30 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Stratigraphy Exercise Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 10 % Week 4 1,2
2 Disposal methods exercise Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 10 % Week 9 5,6
3 Excavation practical and report Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 50 % Week 13 1,2,5,6

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final exam Final Exam UNKNOWN 30 % End of Term 1,3,4,5,6
             
             

Full Time Mode Workload


Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Flat Classroom Lecture 1.5 Weekly 1.50
Practical Offsite Mock Excavation 0.5 Weekly 0.50
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Self Study 5 Weekly 5.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Forensic Archaeology: advances in theory and practice by John Hunter and Margaret Cox

Other Resources

None

Additional Information

This module's delivery mode requires it to be timetabled in 2 hour, weekly blocks.