FNSC5614 Forensic Archaeology—Theory and Method
- 6 points
|Semester 1||UWA (Perth)||Face to face|
- This unit comprises a combination of lectures and practical sessions covering the following: (1) the evolution of, and the role and importance of archaeological theory and method in a forensic investigation of a crime scene; (2) fundamental principles (including tools and equipment used) in forensic archaeology; (3) artefact collection and preservation; (4) case study in forensic archaeology; (5) advanced surveying (including surface and geophysical searching); (6) advanced spatial controls (establishing grids, total station); (7) advanced site recording (photo modelling, site illustration); (8) legislation and ethical considerations relevant to the forensic archaeologist; (9) practical experience in excavation techniques; (10) artefact preservation and soil profiling; (11) archaeological chemistry; and (12) reconstruction and interpretation of events that have occurred at a crime scene.
- Students are able to (1) understand the archaeological terminology and its importance in forensic investigation; (2) apply appropriate artifact recovery and handling techniques; (3) develop practical experience in the application of appropriate methods for documentation of forensic scenes; (4) apply appropriate site recording techniques and methods; (5) apply appropriate excavation techniques depending upon local conditions; (6) understand the importance of flexibility in the approach to forensic archaeological recovery involving human remains; (7) identify and apply appropriate statistical methods in forensic archaeology; (8) be competent in undertaking photography and measurement of grave sites; (9) discuss the role of remote sensing in finding clandestine graves; (10) explain the role of forensic archaeology in disaster victim identification (DVI); (11) be familiar with current developments in basic forensic sciences and particularly those medical and social sciences which are of direct relevance to the application to forensic archaeology; and (12) work competently as an individual and within groups.
- Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) research essay; (2) practical work; and (3) end of topic and final exams. Further information is available in the unit outline.
Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
- Unit Coordinator(s)
- Associate Professor Daniel Franklin and Ambika Flavel
- Unit rules
- enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in Forensic Science (Forensic Anthropology specialisation) (50320)
the Master of Forensic Science (Forensic Anthropology specialisation) (51520)
approval of unit coordinator
- Contact hours
- lectures/Practical Classes/practicals/a final examination: 50–60 hours
- Unit Outline
- Semester 2 [SEM-2 ]
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