Forensic Anthropology at Louisiana Tech University Integrating Field Investigations with Laboratory Analysis
Coursework in Forensic Science Forensic Anthropology Biological Anthropology Research in Forensic Anthropology Readings in Forensic Science Readings in Bioanthropology
Human Osteology Lab Intense instruction in human osteobiology Methods used in human identification Objectives Aging Sexing Population Affinity Diet Pathology Trauma
Investigative Field Techniques Simulated Crime Scenes Pics as model corpses Forensic Taphonomy Forensic Archeology Moot Court
Crime Scene Excavation Site survey and discovery Crime scene preservation Site formation processes Site excavation Forensic archeological methods Importance of context and the chain of evidence The art of archeology
Recovery and Analysis Recovery of material artifacts Data recording Forensic photography Preservation of skeletal remains Preliminary field analysis Curation and transport
Investigative Field Techniques Forensic Archeology
Laboratory Analysis and Reconstruction
Each forensic team submits a written forensic case report. Students portray expert witnesses and defend their conclusions. Afterwards, crime scenario is presented and compared to forensic team findings.
Model Human Corpse Hormel pygmy pig is used as a model human corpse Document arthropod succession is used to determine post-mortem death interval Patterns of decomposition and disarticulation are documented The model corpse is used for other research purposes (e.g. studies in taphonomy)
Forensic Entomology Model corpse is placed in secured cage surrounded by dead fall traps Sampling will begin when first blow fly lands Students prepare experimental area in environment A Two entomology groups sample, monitor and analyze arthropod and tissue samples
Traps are sampled at set times in morning and afternoon. Temperature, rainfall and other climatic variables are measured. Arthropods are sorted and counted. Arthropod taxonomy is identified, and succession is determined. Tissues are fixed and processed for paraffin embedding and stained..
Research Activities in Forensic Taphonomy Bioturbation Cut mark analysis Differentiating bone trauma from geofact Cell and tissue decay Site formation processes Chlorophyll concentration as PMI indicator Hydraulic transport and differential preservation