Forensic Skeletal Recovery
This program includes both classroom instruction and hands-on experience involving
mock crime scene scenarios. The course will cover search strategies for surface, burial,
and burn scenes, and their documentation: human osteology, non-human osteology, mapping
(e.g., total station; string lines; grid units; compass and tape); scene photography;
remote sensing; metal detectors; recovery tips (e.g., probes, shovel, trowel, bamboo,
and screening). Hands-on experience will include strategies for location of burial
sites and surface scatter, scene mapping/diagramming techniques, documentation of
evidence, and recovery.
At the conclusion of the course the participants will:
- Be familiar with search techniques based upon characteristic changes in soil and vegetation
that are indicative of a burial, and be able to identify the appropriate search strategy
to match the specifics of the scene
- Be introduced to characteristics of human and non-human bone and their significance
- Be able to document a skeletal scene using written notes, photographs, and mapping.
- Be familiar with laws regarding skeletal recovery, grid searches, line searches, scene
diagrams/maps (e.g., string line diagrams, grid diagrams, compass/transit mapping,
total stations), scene photography, metal detectors, dry screening, and underwater
Click here to download a flyer.
Click here to register as a non-MTSU student. MTSU students should register for ANTH-3710.
Mental Health Requirement: POST approved for 1 hour
FIRE is offering a new online training course in the area of mental health. The course
meets the new POST Commission mental health requirement and has been approved for
one hour of POST certification. Created by Kim Parker, MSSW, the course makes officers
aware of mental health issues, which they may encounter on the job. The cost of the
one hour course is only $25 and may be accessed and completed at any time. Click here
Once registered, you will receive an email with instructions on how to complete the
course. The course is to be used only for the registered participant. If you have
any questions, please email Karen.Austin@mtsu.edu or 615-494-7971.
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