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Forensic Taphonomy

This course is designed to teach participants about the processes of human decomposition, vulture shadowestimation of the postmortem interval, forensic entomology, and the effect of scavengers and weather on bone.  Participants will examine human remains in an outdoor context and be able to discuss the taphonomic processes that have occurred.

It is recommended that participants of this workshop have a background in forensic field or scene recovery methods, human osteology, or have previously taken the FACTS Outdoor Human Remains Recovery Course.

Upcoming dates for this course are:

June 19-20, 2017; Tuition: $400

TCOLE (Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officers Standards and Education) credit available to Texas participants.

ABMDI credit available.

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decomposition in Texas

Pay by Credit Card

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




A block of rooms has been reserved at the brand new Fairfield Inn and Suites in San Marcos, TX.  Rooms are $109/nte and are being held until May 18, 2017. Participants may contact Fairfield Inn and Suites by 5/18/17 and mention Forensic Anthropology at Texas State for the group rate. Breakfast and WiFi are included in the cost of your room.

FACTS is not responsible for your stay.