Soon starts the renown international workshop in forensic anthropology organized by FASE. After several editions in Italy, Spain, Denmark, Turkey, Croatia and Hungary, the workshop will be held for the first time in Portugal. The organization will be coordinated by FASE/IAlm (Forensic Anthropology Society of Europe / International Academy of Legal Medicine) and the LFA (Laboratory of Forensic Anthropology) of the Department of Life Sciences, University of Coimbra.
Lecturers and Participants of a past edition (Istambul, 2012).
The 5-day event from 1st to 5th of September will have some of the most important researchers and lecturers worldwide in the field.
FASE BASIC WORKSHOP ON FORENSIC ANTHROPOLOGY PROGRAM
Introduction to Forensic Anthropology
Adults skeletons: cleaning, maceration, inventory, conservation index
Identity factors and pathology
Facial approximation and positive identification
Fragments and commingled remains; Minimal number of individuals
Trauma in forensic anthropology: Gun-shot wounds
Hand and Foot Bones: the anatomist perspective
Social Dinner, at Centro Cultural D. Dinis (20:00).
Trauma in forensic anthropology: Blunt and sharp force trauma
Cases presentation by the experts
Cases presentation by the experts
Practical and Autopsy (real case at the National Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences INMLCF, Ip).
It should also be noted that in the following days, 6th and 7th of September, the Department of Life Sciences at the University of Coimbra will held the only official accreditation exam in Europe for experts in Forensic Anthropology. The evaluation committee will be chaired by Eugénia Cunha (Portugal), and also has Cristina Cattaneo (Italy), Douglas Ubelaker (USA), Ann Ross (USA), Gerald Quatrehomme (France) and Sue Black (UK). You can learn more about it here.
An interdisciplinary conference on identifying occupation from the skeleton
The aim of this interdisciplinary conference is to bring together researchers interested in disease, injury and other effects of occupations (in the broadest sense) on the human skeleton to improve the interpretation of these changes in archaeological and forensic contexts.
Why Occupational Health?
Identifying occupation, task division and activity-patterns from skeletal remains past populations and using this to assist forensic identification, has been an alluring prospect in bioarchaeology from its earliest inceptions. Some occupation identification can be made by pathognomonic changes, e.g. “phossy jaw” which was characteristic of those working with white phosphorous in the matchstick industry, however, the majority of skeletal changes cannot be ascribed to a single task or occupation, e.g. entheseal changes or cross-sectional geometry. Recent research has highlighted that the multifactorial aetiology of many skeletal changes previously used to identify activity-patterns cannot be applied simplistically.
This conference will build on recent advances in related fields to provide a direction for future research on using skeletal changes to identify occupations (and activity-patterns) based on what is currently known. Abstracts are invited on a diverse range of approaches including: palaeopathology, biomechanics, ethnography, modern medicine, forensic science, archaeology, socio-cultural.
The deadline for abstracts is the end of February and for early registration, the end of April.
More information will be available shortly.
*The following conference will be presented in portuguese*
Palestra inserida no ciclo “Fronteiras da Ciência”, coordenado por António Piedade com a Professora Eugénia Cunha, do Departamento de Ciências da Vida da Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia.
Público-alvo: Público em geral
RESUMO DA PALESTRA:
Os ossos, como tecidos duros do corpo humano, quando fossilizam, contam estórias sobre a nossa história natural. Por outro lado, quando passou pouco tempo desde a altura da morte e os tecidos moles já não são informativos, os ossos testemunham violações de direitos humanos e permitem devolver a identidade a quem a perdeu. São estórias dos ossos, que são intemporais, que se vão contar, uma viagem desde há 7 milhões de anos até ao presente.
Yesterday, dozens of people went to the inauguration of O que dizem os ossos exumados em Santa Clara-a-Velha at the visitor center of the monastery. This exhibition reveals material from an anthropological excavation that occurred in 1996/97 executed by an anthropological team from the Life Sciences Department (University of Coimbra).
The Monastery of Santa Clara-a-Velha establishes a stone perimeter around an idea of community that survived in the skeletons of Coimbra’s Poor Clares. The lesser facts, the smaller events, are sometimes reveled by the bones o the women who lived and died at the Monastery. Eugénia Cunha and Francisco Curate attempted to restore those posthumous memories: a genuflected prayer, a moment of a grief, or an act of hygiene. An entire community. The exhibition can be visited until the 18th of September (2016).
Below you can interact with a 3D model of one of the many crania that can be seen in the exhibition:
Also, the media coverage: