Forensic Anthropology Workshop


This workshop focuses on the proper techniques associated with the location, identification, and collection of human remains and attendant physical evidence in forensic context.

About this workshop

Participants will gain a basic understanding of the foundations of forensic archaeological recovery and forensic anthropological analytical methods. This includes: 

  • Knowledge of search and survey methods
  • Factors that affect recovery attempts such as decomposition, PMI, and taphonomic influences
  • Evidence collection techniques and chain of custody
  • Forensic photographic methods
  • Report construction

This course is intended to introduce the tools anthropologists have at their disposal and to recognize and analyze potential scenes of human remains in their careers, or in collaboration with law enforcement or other forensic professionals. 

This workshop caters to all levels of experience including medico-legal death investigators, and law enforcement seeking continuing education credits.

Summer 2024

Timeline:  June 17- July 12 | M, W, F |7:45 AM - 11:10 AM

Location: UW-Parkside campus and grounds, Molinaro L222

Investment: $849 if register by 4/15,  then $999 early bird price, (10% price increase after June 3)


Workshop Schedule

June 17 - July 12  |Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays | 7:45 AM - 11:10 AM

Summer 2024



Week 1 (June 17, 19, 21)| Intro, Human/Non-Human Bone Tissue, Forensic Significance, Search Methods, Archaeological methods, Decomp & PMI, Site Mapping, Evidence Collection and Scene Photography

Week 2 (June 24, 26, 28) | IN THE FIELD - Search, Scene/Site Preservation, Excavation, Transport Evidence/Tools to Lab, MNI, Inventory, Biological Sex

Week 3 (July 1, 3, 5) | Age/Stature Estimation, Biogeographic Origin, Pathology, Trauma, Lab Photography

Week 4 (July 8, 10, 12) | Closing Inventory, Report Construction, Exam Review, Exam, Final thoughts/questions, Networking



Mon-Fri  |  8 am-4:30 pm 


900 Wood Rd.
Kenosha, WI 53144 
Tallent Hall 202
Parking: Lot T


The University of Wisconsin-Parkside is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation in its services, program activities, education, and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodations, contact Professional and Continuing Education at least eight weeks in advance at: 262-595-3340 (V), 262-595-2513 (FAX), or email

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