Skip to 0 minutes and 9 secondsDr Rebecca Gowland: Hello, and welcome to this online course in forensic archaeology and anthropology here at Durham University. I'm Professor Rebecca Gowland and I specialize in the analysis of human skeletal remains.

Skip to 0 minutes and 20 secondsDr Tim Thomson: I'm Professor Tim Thompson from Teesside University, and I'm a forensic anthropologist, and we will be your course instructors.

Skip to 0 minutes and 27 secondsDr Rebecca Gowland: For the last 10 years, we've been teaching a short course in body location recovery and analysis from forensic contexts. This course has been aimed at police and forensic practitioners, both nationally and internationally. And the aim of this course was to deliver cutting-edge research directly to forensic practitioners.

Skip to 0 minutes and 49 secondsDr Tim Thomson: More recently, we've been working with the International Committee of the Red Cross to provide training for forensic practitioners in post conflict areas.

Skip to 0 minutes and 56 secondsDr Rebecca Gowland: Our training has mostly been delivered here at the department of archaeology at Durham University. But in order to reach a wider audience and make the course more accessible, we've decided to produce this online version.

Skip to 1 minute and 8 secondsDr Tim Thomson: Over the next six weeks, we will teach you the basics of forensic archaeology, and forensic anthropology, including the location and excavation of human remains, the analysis of skeletons, different techniques that we can use, including the latest biomolecular approaches. And we'll also discuss some of the more complicated contexts including commingled and burned remains.

Skip to 1 minute and 29 secondsDr Rebecca Gowland: No prior knowledge is necessary. Because there's a strong practical element to learning these techniques and because it's not possible for everyone to come here to Durham University to do the training, we've developed a series of instructional videos, podcasts and interactive 3D models for the purposes of this course to help aid your learning.

Skip to 1 minute and 50 secondsDr Tim Thomson: Although we might not be in the same country as you, if you have any questions about the course, about any aspects of the learning, or you want to know anything more about any of the other courses that we run at Durham or Teeside universities, please just drop us a line.

Skip to 2 minutes and 4 secondsDr Rebecca Gowland: We hope you find this to be an enjoyable and stimulating learning experience and we look forward to working with you over the coming weeks.

Welcome to the course!

Welcome to this online course in forensic archaeology and anthropology here at Durham University. Watch this video to meet your course instructors, Professor Rebecca Gowland, a specialist in the analysis of human skeletal remains from Durham University and Professor Tim Thompson, a forensic anthropologist from Teesside University

Professor Gowland and Professor Thompson have been teaching a short course in body location recovery and analysis from forensic contexts for the last 10 years. This training has mostly been delivered here at the Department of Archaeology at Durham University, but to reach a wider audience and make the course more accessible, this online version of the course is now available.

Over the next six weeks, you will learn the basics of forensic archaeology, and forensic anthropology, including the location and excavation of human remains, the analysis of skeletons, different techniques that we can use, including the latest biomolecular approaches. And you will also engage with some of the more complicated contexts including commingled and burned remains.

No prior knowledge is necessary. Because there’s a strong practical element to learning these techniques, we’ve developed a series of instructional videos, podcasts and interactive 3d models to help aid your learning.

Welcome to the first week of the Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology course! We look forward to working with you over the coming weeks.

We would love to hear about your reasons for taking this course. Please use the comments section below to introduce yourselves and engage with your fellow learners.

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Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology

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