Certificate of Achievement

Mary Templeman Hogg - O'Rourke

has completed the following course:

Written in Bone: An Introduction to Forensic and Bio-archaeology

Griffith University

This online course explored basic concepts of forensic and bio-archaeological investigation. It covered topics including sensitivity when working with human remains and with indigenous peoples, awareness of legal requirements when working with human remains, principles of archaeological and forensic practice, distinguishing human remains from animal bones, Craniometric analysis, DNA analysis, Radiocarbon analysis and Isotope analysis.

2 weeks, 3 hours per week


Professor Rainer Grün

Director of the Australian Research Centre for Human Evolution

Griffith University


Learning outcomes

  • Describe the basic principles of four techniques used to analyse human skeletal remains
  • Identify legislative requirements governing the discovery of human remains
  • Discuss the ethics of working with human remains
  • Explain the importance of context to the forensic or archaeological recovery of human remains
  • Reflect upon the role of technology, context and culture in reading the stories of human skeletal remains


  • Principles and tools of forensic and biological archaeology
  • Legislative requirements for the discovery of human skeletal remains
  • Using craniometrics, isotopes, DNA and Carbon 14 to read human skeletal remains
  • Sensitivities involved in working with human skeletal remains
  • Role of Indigenous partnerships in the archaeological recovery of human skeletal remains
  • Explore three sites from around the world

Issued on 17th January 2022

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Free online course:

Written in Bone: An Introduction to Forensic and Bio-archaeology

Griffith University