Forensic Anthropology – Dead Men Do Tell Tales

The Irish Archaeology Field School (IAFS) provides a unique program, in partnership with Maynooth University, teaching students how to excavate and aassess human remains from our partners stunning campus at John’s Hall in Birr, in the very heart of the Irish midlands.
The Dead Men Do Tell Tales course is designed for students from a variety of academic backgrounds with an interest in osteoarchaeology and physical/forensic anthropology. The course draws heavily on bioarchaeology so that students gain practical burial excavation experience (in a controlled staged environment) and have the opportunity to analyse archaeological skeletal remains during laboratory sessions.
Topics covered during lab sessions include: human and comparative osteology; determining sex, approximate age-at-death, living stature, identifying palaeopathological conditions and understanding how these techniques are used in archaeological and forensic contexts.
The course, delivered by some of the foremost archaeological and bioarchaeological experts in Ireland, integrates field excavation and practical laboratory sessions with cultural heritage excursions to provide students with a unique academic enrichment and cultural heritage experience of Ireland.

What: Forensic Anthropology School offering 7.5 ECTS (3-4 US semester credits)

When: March and June every year.

Spring Break 2022: Sunday 13th to Saturday 19th of March.
Summer 2022:  Sunday 5th to Saturday 11th of June.

(see here for more details on Spring dates and here for more details on Summer dates)

Where: Johns Hall Campus, Birr, County Offaly.

Who: Open to Maynooth University and international students looking to gain hands-on field experience. Also open to non-students who are over 18 years of age.

How much: €1260

Living and Culture: Please see our partner’s information HERE

Assessment and Learning: Please see the program brochure HERE