Forensic Archaeology - PS502

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2017-18 2018-19
Canterbury Spring
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5 15 (7.5) PROF MJ Went

Pre-requisites

None.

Restrictions

None

2017-18

Overview

Dating : Radioactive decay and detection of radiation, radiocarbon dating and related methods, accelerator mass spectrometry, uranium series dating, potassium-argon dating, radioactive tracers, isotope dilution, neutron activation, stable isotope techniques with forensic applications, electron spin resonance spectroscopy, thermoluminescence dating and thermal history, Lindow Man, detection of irradiated food.

Detection : Magnetometry, metal detectors, resistivity surveys, ground penetrating radar, aerial photography, and remote sensing.

Osteology : The study of human osteology is fundamental to the discipline of forensic anthropology. This series of lectures begins by examining the structure, growth, and function of bones and teeth. Methods of skeletal analysis in forensic anthropology are then examined, including age, sex, stature, trauma, disease, and race. Applications in biological anthropology will also be reviewed. This section of the course will include a laboratory practical.

Details

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Contact hours

22 hours of lectures.

Availability

This is not available as a wild module.

Method of assessment

Written examination 70%; Coursework 30%.

Preliminary reading

Zumdahl, Chemical Principles

  • Byers, S. 2005. Introduction to forensic anthropology. London : Pearson/Allyn and Bacon.

  • White, T.D. 2000. Human Osteology. San Diego, California, London : Academic Press Inc.

  • J. Hunter & M. Cox, 2005. Forensic Archaeology. Routledge, London, 2005 - chapter 3

  • E.W. Killam. 2004. The Detection of Human Remains. Charles Thomas, Springfield - chapters 5-8

  • T.L. Dupras, J.J. Schultz, S.M. Wheeler & L.J. Williams. 2006. Forensic Recovery of Human Remains.

  • Taylor and Francis, Boca Raton - chapter 4

  • A. Clark. 1990. Seeing Beneath the Soil. Batsford, London.

  • White, T.D., Black, M.T., Folkens, P.A. 2011. Human Osteology. San Diego, California, London : Academic Press Inc.

    See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

    See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

  • Learning outcomes

  • Knowledge of the principle areas of forensic archaeology including dating, detection and osteology.

  • Ability to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of essential facts, concepts, principles and theories relating to forensic archaeology.

  • Ability to apply such knowledge and understanding to the solution of problems.

  • Problem-solving skills, relating to qualitative and quantitative information.

  • Numeracy and computational skills.

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