Forensic Anthropology Field School 2022

Monday July 4th – Thursday July 21st, 2022

9:00am – 4:30pm

This is the first time the Forensic Anthropology Field School will run, and is the first of its kind in Manitoba. The course runs for three weeks full time (M-F, 9am-4:30pm) and is focused on training students in outdoor crime scene processing and the recovery and documentation of evidence and  ‘human remains’ (nonhuman remains are used in the field school).

A mock crime scene, including a grave that contains pig bones (food grade; BU Biosafety Certificate #2021-BIO-03) has been created on Brandon University property in the Brandon Hills. The ‘scene’ is along the “Blister trail”, not far from trail marker 30.

We have put up signs and will ensure we don’t block any trails.

Please feel free to come check out the field school during week 2 in the Brandon Hills. Tuesday – Friday 10-3 are recommended times. Friday July 15th is to be excavation day! 🙂

Week 1 (July 4-8): Lectures and practical skill training will take place at BU, with a half day of reconnaissance in the Brandon Hills on Tuesday July 5th.

Week 2 (July 11-15 & 18th): On ‘scene’ in the Brandon Hills; search, documentation, recovery, excavation & mapping & scene clean up (last day).

Week 3 (July 19-21): Post-processing – how to document evidence after recovery, generate maps, prepare formal report & presentation.

COST: The cost is the same as for a 3credit hour course, with an additional $100 materials fee.

LAW ENFORCEMENT: If you are a member of law enforcement, search and rescue or relevant organization, and are interested in taking this course, there is a potential 2week option available. Please email me at

*If you are interested in forensic anthropology, it is strongly recommended that you take BOTH the archaeological field school and this forensic anthropology field school to ensure a strongly developed foundation.