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There are a host of open access online resources that may help you in your studies. We point you to a few of them here.
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We hope you are enjoying the course and that the topics covered have inspired you to learn more about Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology.

To support you, we have provided a few resources that you may find interesting. As ever, we do not have any responsibility for the content of these external sites and some of the articles etc may be uncomfortable for some.

The journal Forensic Science International: Synergy is a full open access peer-reviewed journal which is well worth a look. PLOS One is also open access and publishes forensic and archaeology research. Antiquity has a number of open access papers which you may find interesting. Human Remains & Violence: an Interdisciplinary Journal is fully open access and has many excellent papers in it. We are delighted to be able to say that the Journal of Forensic & Legal Medicine has made it’s Mass Violence special issue and that the journal Forensic Anthropology has made it’s special issue on Commingled Remains open access specially for the course and our learners.

Recent high profile forensic investigations have included the search and excavation of mass graves relating to the 1921 Tulsa Massacre of African Americans. We would like to draw attention to this important work and the #Tulsa Syllabus developed by Dr Alicia Odewale and Dr Karla Slocum.

In addition, all UK-based academics have to upload an open access version of their publications onto their university repository. So if there is a particular academic who you are interested in, you can search them online and find their papers. So for example, you can find Rebecca’s open access repository here and you can go here for Tim’s open access repository if you want to read many of our papers. Which you should, because they’re very interesting!

There are also some online resources which you may find helpful throughout this course. I use Talus in my lab teaching as it is a really helpful summary of anthropological methods of identification. The Arch and Anth podcast features interesting interviews with researchers and practitioners who work in a range of sub-disciplines, including those we talk about over the next few weeks. A Vision of Britain through Time is a wormhole of a website which you may find useful for providing some historical contexts particularly when we discuss pathology and trauma. The International Committee of the Red Cross have numerous articles and research items on the forensic science section of their website. The Undocumented is a significant project which explores issues we examine in Week 6, particularly with regard to the identification of the dead. And finally, Games for Change have a number of projects which relate to forensic contexts that we discuss throughout the course.

If you feel inspired to learn more about human skeletal analysis and to gain some hands-on experience in the lab you might be interested in our MSc Human Bioarchaeology and Palaeopathology or our newly developed MSc Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology at Durham University. These intensive lecture, seminar and laboratory-based MSc degrees equip you with the in depth practical skills to analyse and interpret skeletal data. Register your interest.

If you’re interested in learning more about this subject then please see our MSc Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology, MSc Human Bioarchaeology and Palaeopathology or MSc Bioarchaeology degree programmes.

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