This course demonstrates principles of forensic archaeology and methodical scene examination, showing how these principles are used in the search, excavation and recovery of human remains. The theories and methodologies employed are explored during lectures as well as during the field component. During the field component of the course (3x 8 hour days), teams will learn to process a scene from start to finish, including: initial scene assessment, surface scatter search, mapping, measuring, recording, gridding, screening, excavation and recovery of the remains. The course will conclude with a de-briefing session.
Admission to a Forensic credential program or permission of the Program Coordinator.
Classes held on 7 Wednesdays; May 23 to July 11 with NO CLASS ON JUNE 6 and 3 Saturdays; June 23, 30 and July 7 at the BCIT Woodlot in Maple Ridge Full attendance on the 3 Saturdays (the field days) is mandatory, with no exception or failed grade. Personal gears required at fieldwork are: sturdy closed toe shoes (preferably hiking boots), garden gloves and optional gardening knee pads. A current tetanus shot is also recommended but not mandatory. No textbook is required. For information on Forensic programs and courses, please visit: www.bcit.ca/cas/forensics/
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
Demonstrate the ability to effectively work and perform in a team environment.
Describe environmental and taphonomic factors which influence the decomposition sequence that occurs in human remains and how each of these factors can influence the estimation of the elapsed time of death and the subsequent discovery of the remains.
Conduct a formal and methodological search for scattered surface human remains at a site.
Map, record and grid a scene with human remains.
Explain the process and describe the methodology used in excavating a forensic shallow grave/burial.
Describe several surface features which may be indicative of the presence of a forensic burial.
Processing of a scene with human remains/ recovering scattered remains and buried remains.
Effective as of Fall 2012
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