WCU's forensic anthropology program

The forensic anthropology program offers hands-on investigation of real human skeletal remains at the five-day summer course offered by Western Carolina University.

Western Carolina University’s forensic anthropology program will be offering a summer day camp course, Tales from the Dead: An Introduction to Forensic Anthropology, for high school students. The course is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 17-21 at WCU’s campus.

“The course will include both instructional and laboratory components and is designed to be hands-on, as students will be working with real human skeletal remains,” said Christine Bailey, WCU anthropology instructor and forensic anthropology facilities curator.

Students will learn basic methods of laboratory analysis of human remains, including the estimation of the biological profile (sex, age, ancestry and stature), human identification, pathology, taphonomy and trauma and strategies for the search and recovery of skeletal remains.

Students will apply their knowledge to selected case studies, which they will present at the completion of the course.

The registration fee for the course is $299.

For more information and to register, visit www.bones.wcu.edu or call 227-7397.