Advanced Methods in Forensic Anthropology

ANCESTRY ESTIMATION with Dr. Kate Spradley

June 22-24, 2015Tuition: $450


This workshop is designed for advanced students and professionals interested in learning more about issues surrounding ancestry estimation, focusing primarily on complex population groups (e.g., population groups considered Hispanic). While most students and professionals know how to estimate ancestry using programs such as FORDISC, this workshop will discuss why forensic anthropologists can estimate ancestry and the complex factors surrounding ancestry estimation such as population structure, population history, secular change, the most appropriate data collection methods, and appropriate statistical methods for ancestry estimation. The format of the workshop will combine lecture and hands-on activities.

Topics: Human skeletal variation, data collection methods, geometric morphometrics vs. traditional craniometrics, interpreting and reporting ancestral estimation results

Instructor: Dr. Kate Spradley

Dr. Spradley
Dr. Spradley

Dr. Spradley is an expert in ancestral estimation from human skeletal remains. She is internationally recognized for her work using craniometric data, especially geometric morphometrics, to understand biological relationships among various population groups. 

Registration Information

Contact: Sophia Mavroudas at 512-245-1900 or for course information and local arrangements.

Tuition: $450/person (tuition includes lunch but does not cover travel or accommodations)

Payment: Space is limited. You can save a spot with a $100 deposit. Full payment of tuition (cash, check, credit card) is required by June 8, 2015.

Pay by Cash: Please bring cash to 1727 Old Ranch Road 12, San Marcos

Pay by Check: Send check payable to "FACTS" and send to FACTS, Department of Anthropology, Texas State University, 601 University Drive, San Marcos, TX 78666.

Pay by Credit Card: You may pay the tuition or deposit by credit card by clicking on the PAY BY CREDIT CARD link below and following the instructions. Please contact Sophia Mavroudas at 512-245-1900 or and provide your name, address, agency, phone number and email.


Cancellations: A 10% administrative fee per registrant will be deducted for cancellation. Refund requests must be received in writing two weeks prior to workshop. No refunds will be made thereafter.