Outreach

FORENSIC ANTHROPOLOGY AND OSTEOLOGICAL ANALYSES

We offer complete forensic anthropological services to law enforcement, medical examiner offices, defense attorneys, and other agencies. With four forensic anthropologists (including a Diplomat of the American Board of Forensic Anthropologists), numerous dedicated graduate students, and state-of-the-art laboratories, we have the expertise and resources to aide in

  1. the search and recovery of human remains,
  2. discrimination between human and non-human bone,
  3. laboratory analyses of human remains for purposes of identification,
  4. interpretation of skeletal trauma,
  5. estimation of the post mortem interval,
  6. histological analysis,
  7. 3D internal and external inspection and imaging of trauma and other features, and
  8. 3D color printing of trauma for archival purposes 

For information on our fees or to request forensic anthropological services, contact the Dr. Daniel Wescott at dwescott@txstate.edu or 512-245-1900.

We also conduct bioarchaeological investigations including excavation and complete osteological analyses of the human remains for cultural resource management firms, museums, and archaeologists. Osteological analysis may include the identification of human remains, inventory, minimum number of individuals, interpretation of pathological conditions, trauma interpretation, population demographic structure, and other analyses. Please contact Dr. Daniel Wescott at dwescott@txstate.edu or 512-245-1900 for an estimate of our rates for your project.

OPERATION IDENTIFICATION (OpID)

Imagine if your loved one disappeared and you did not know what happened to him or her. This is a problem that many families of migrants face. Dr. Kate Spradley has started a project called Operation Identification (OpID) in response to the humanitarian crisis on the Texas border. In cooperation with Baylor University, University of Indianapolis, Colibri Center for Human Rights, Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team and others, the goals of OpID are to exhume, analyze, and collect DNA samples from the bodies of individuals that died crossing the US border in hopes of facilitating positive identification and return of the remains to families. For more information follow OpID on facebook.

OpID

FACIAL IMAGES - KAREN T TAYLOR

DREAMFLY CREATIONS - LISA SHEPPARD

WORKSHOPS AND SHORT COURSES

FACTS hosts workshops for law enforcement officers and forensic anthropology students in the recovery and documentation of human remains, laboratory methods in forensic anthropology and distinguishing human from nonhuman remains. For a complete list and dates of our upcoming training events, click the “Workshops” tab.

TOURS AND TALKS

FACTS strives to provide educational opportunities for professionals, students, and the general public. We provide lectures about forensic anthropology and tours of the Grady Early Forensic Anthropology Laboratory to schools, colleges, museums, and others interested in forensic anthropology. The Forensic Anthropology Research Facility is a closed research area, and as such there are no tours or visits allowed. Due to the sensitivity of ongoing research and the privacy concerns of body donors and their families, we do not allow access to the Forensic Anthropology Research Facility to anyone other than faculty, enrolled Texas State University anthropology graduate students, approved forensic science researchers, and authorized law enforcement personnel during the course of training exercises. To schedule a lecture about forensic anthropology or to tour the laboratory, please contact us at FACTS@txstate.edu or 512-245-1900.