Postgraduate Course: Forensic Taphonomy (PGHC11263)
|School||School of History, Classics and Archaeology
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The key aim of the course is to offer students an understanding of the taphonomic processes that can affect human remains following death, which is key is to meaningful forensic interpretation of osteological data. Factors affecting decomposition and putrefaction of soft tissue, preservation of soft tissue, the importance of entomology, palynology and botany are covered, as well as the identification and analysis of calcined bone and an awareness of cremation technology.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| All students taking this course must attend the Health & Safety Awareness training session at the start of the semester. If this course is not on your Degree Programme Table you must seek the permission of the course organiser before being enrolled in this course.
Information for Visiting Students
Course Delivery Information
|Not being delivered|
| By the end of the course the student will
- Have an understanding of the process of decomposition and putrefaction of a human body.
- Have an understanding of the natural agents that cause post mortem changes in a corpse.
- Be able to assess the effect of burial practices on buried remains
- Understand the role of entomology, palynology and botany in the reconstruction of the burial environment and the assessment of the post mortem interval.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Elena Kranioti
Tel: (0131 6)50 2368
|Course secretary||Mr Gordon Littlejohn
Tel: (0131 6)50 3782