The Deep Dig
Real Bones - Part 4
Thursday, July 30, 2020 |
6:00PM - 7:30PM
This is a virtual event.
LocationVirtual Event - Penn Museum
Taught by forensic anthropologist, Curator-in-Charge of the Physical Anthropology Section, and Adjunct Professor of Anthropology Dr. Janet Monge, this four-session online course investigates the various techniques of analysis that biological anthropologists can apply to forensic cases to identify social attributes of human remains.
The course is called “Real Bones” because so many of the popular shows on TV and the internet do not accurately represent the REAL processes involved in the restoration of personal identity. In forensic anthropology, fewer than 25% of cases are actually resolved (i.e., restore the identity of a person who is missing). As you go through the course, you will see why! Forensic anthropologists deal with some of the very hardest cases, in which virtually all features of identity have been lost through decay, putrifaction, decomposition, and skeletonization. It is in precisely these cases that a forensic anthropologist’s services are required.
Topics include human osteology, the recovery of bodies, the analysis of life history, the reconstruction of causes of death, and various case studies where anthropologists have contributed significantly to solving forensic cases. Discussions will include the limitations of forensic anthropology and the application of DNA recovery to skeletal/mummified materials.