2017 Forensics Workshop


Enrollment & Application



This one-week intensive workshop covers most aspects in the analysis of human skeletal remains as they relate to forensic anthropology and forensic medicine. Students will receive classroom and laboratory training utilizing a broad array of learning materials including contemporary skeletons in the Department of Anatomy, John A. Burns School of Medicine of the University of Hawaii.

The workshop is divided into two components:

1) Human Osteology and Forensic Anthropology (4 days)
2) Field Recovery of Human Remains (1 day)

Working individually and in small teams, students will analyze a known-identity human skeleton and compile a biological profile consisting of the individual’s age at death, sex, ancestry, stature, bone disease, and trauma. This is a non-credit educational activity and certificates will be provided to each student upon successful completion of the course.

Students will be provided instruction in the following areas and topics:

  • Handling, preserving, and curating remains. Identifying and siding human bones
  • Methods for estimating age at death, sex, ancestry/race, stature, and personal identity
  • Bone disease and healing
  • Skeletal trauma
  • Video-superimposition
  • DNA in forensic identification
  • Dental radiology
  • Non-metric traits and anatomical variants of the human skeleton
  • Archaeological methods for recovering buried and surface scattered remains
  • Plastination and preservation of human remains
  • 3D photogrammetry and Augmented Virtual Reality of human bones
  • Introduction to functional and musculoskeletal anatomy
  • Osteometrics