What people are saying about this course...
Helpful and informative!
- Dr. Alexandria Young, forensic archaeologist
As a beginner in this field with no previous knowledge, this course was a great introduction to Bone Search and Recovery. The two keywords that are most important to consider in this course are “observation” and “context.”
Before drawing any conclusions on any site it is important to look at artifacts in context. These remains may lead to conclusions but only after careful observations within the context. Yvonne covers this very beginning part of gathering evidence so that even a novice will not regret the decisions made at this time.
Both videos are full of vital information towards the goal of collecting the best information from the sites emphasizing the role of the searcher to find but not identify or make judgements based on the circumstances. All the puzzle pieces at this point are of equal importance. The second video takes the novice through a scenario dissecting what questions the observer will be asking and how information such as the time of year and location affect the gathering of the bones.
Additional information such as the Additional Readings and access to Yvonne’s thesis further enrich the course and add vital information to further the study of bone search and recovery.
Any student of bone search and recovery would recognize the value in using this course for a basic or refresher foundation for those beginning or continuing to search. Take notes. Watch the videos again. Ask Yvonne questions. This course has an enormous amount of important information in a short course. Highly recommended.