Welcome to The Forensic Anthropology Wiki for CRJ 397-G

Prof. N. Whitley-Grassi

Getting Started

  • Each student will be placed in one of four groups
  • Each group will be responsible for editing their own page and communication using the discussion board.


The Assignments

Project 1: Topics in Forensic Anthropology (10%) – You will choose a topic in forensic anthropology relevant to this course, locate and read at least five primary sources (from scientific, peer-reviewed journals) on the topic, and write a five page paper on the topic. The paper will discuss the relevance of the topic to forensic anthropology, explain and discuss the topic, and summarize the scholarly work that has been conducted on the topic. I will provide a grading rubric outlining the components of the paper. The paper must be typed using 12 point font, double spaced, and on 8 ½” X 11” paper with 1” margins and the pages stapled in the left upper corner. Your topic must be approved by me no later than February 22, 2010 and the final paper is due no later than March 29th, 2010.

Project 2: Forensic Anthropology Case Analysis and Report (10%), you will conduct a complete forensic anthropological skeletal analysis and then submit a final report summarizing your results and the methods used. The report will consist of the following sections: 1) summary of analysis, 2) skeletal inventory, 3) estimation of sex, 4) estimation of age, 5) estimation of ancestry, 6) calculation of stature, and 7) skeletal trauma, disease, and anomalies. The report for Project 2 is due May 10, 2010. Your report must be typed using 12 point font, double spaced, and on 8 ½ “ X 11” paper with 1” margins. The report must be stabled in the upper left corner.

Project 3: Creating Your Field Notebook (10%) – you will each create a wiki page linked together with the rest of the class. On your page you will create an instructional guide on the methods used in this course. You may include supplemental materials such as video, audio, and other multimedia files. In addition you should frequently review your fellow classmates’ sites as well. This will be an ongoing project, and I expect to see regular progress throughout the semester. The field notebook is a group project and should be worked on in the appropriate group page.


BBC special on forensic anthropology