Forensic Anthropology

The Forensic Anthropology module is an optional module in the second year of the BSc (Hons) Forensic Science and BSc (Hons) Forensic Science with Criminology courses. During the first half of the modules, you'll look at learning about bones and what they tell us about an individual, their sex, age, stature and ancestry, then in the second half you'll apply this knowledge to an archaeological specimen. The aim of this part of the module is for you to complete a skeletal report for each of the skeletons detailing which bones are or aren't present, the bioanthropological features (Sex, Age, Stature and Ancestry) also any non-metric traits or features that might tells us more about their lives including any pathology, for example osteoarthritis.

The skeletons you'll examine are kindly lent to us by the Derby Museums and Art Gallery and come from the Little Chester area of Derby where a number of Anglo-Saxon graves were investigated from 1971-1972.

The second half of the module is very much a challenge as moving from complete whole bones to skeletons which are partial or incomplete means trying to identify bones from small pieces from specific characteristics.

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