Certificate of Achievement

Etner Bassal

has completed the following course:

Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology

Durham University

This course covered the principles and practice of archaeology and anthropology within a range of different forensic contexts using real-life case studies. Topics covered included, the location of grave sites using methods such as remote sensing, decomposition and taphonomy, excavation methods, establishing human identity from skeletal remains, identification of pathology and trauma, stable isotope and DNA analysis in forensic contexts, the challenges of commingled and cremated human remains.

6 weeks, 3 hours per week

Rebecca Gowland

Professor of Archaeology

Durham University

Tim Thompson

Professor of Applied Biological Anthropology and Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching)

Durham University

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Learning outcomes

  • Explore the application of archaeology and anthropology to different forensic contexts
  • Develop knowledge of the latest methods in forensic archaeology and anthropology
  • Compare the roles of different forensic specialists
  • Interpret the post-mortem changes to the human body in differing contexts
  • Describe a range of forensic case studies
  • Evaluate the potentials and limitations of the scientific methods used to locate and recover human remains in forensic contexts
  • Investigate the different scientific techniques used to identify deceased individuals from skeletal remains and establish cause of death
  • Reflect on learning gained throughout the course, including the latest research, and how this can be applied to modern forensic and archaeological contexts.


  • Body location and recovery in forensic contexts
  • Osteoprofiling (skeletal analysis of sex, age-at-death, stature)
  • Identification of pathology and trauma
  • Latest developments in biomolecular techniques
  • Taphonomic processes (decomposition and commingling of human remains)
  • Forensic case studies (e.g. post-conflict regions, mass disasters)

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Issued on 5th February 2023

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Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology

Durham University