Forensic Geo-Archeology: Materials and Methods

The American University of Rome

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Forensic Geo-Archeology: Materials and Methods

  • Host University

    The American University of Rome

  • Location

    Rome, Italy

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    An introductory course in archaeological methodology and a level 200 archaeology course or permission of the Instructor.

    This course is offered in online format, students must have access to PC?s or tablets and video capabilities.

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Geoarchaeology is the use of geoscience methodology to determine past events. Using these techniques in a legal context constitutes forensic geoarchaeology. This online course introduces students to this specialization. The course will cover the methodology of investigating burials, and analyzing geoscientific data. Procedural issues such as interaction with other forensics experts and the police and the impact of popular television shows on public perception will also be covered. Much of the course will be in the form of case studies of both solved and unsolved crimes. We will investigate cases from the facts that make up each side to the potential evidence useful to expose culprits. This on-line course will be full of discussions about the cases and creative approaches to reaching the solutions. The approach is hands-on so students will have a chance to participate in the process, not simply study it.

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