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Human Remains Recovery Course

This course is designed for persons that want to enhance their knowledge of forensic recovery techniques in an outdoor context. The course will include two days of lecture and three full days of hands-on recovery at the Forensic Anthropology Research Facility. Participants of the course will gain practical knowledge and experience identifying, recording, and recovering scattered and buried human remains. Lecture topics will include basic methods for locating and recovering clandestine skeletal remains, basic human osteology, and the role of the forensic anthropologist in medicolegal death investigations including an introduction to skeletal methods.

Please contact Sophia Mavroudas at or 512-245-1900 for details.

This field recovery course is primarily designed for law enforcement agents, death investigators, medical examiners, and others in the medico-legal community. Students must have consent from FACTS before applying. Previous knowledge of human skeletal anatomy is desired but not mandatory for involvement in the course. A 3-Day Osteology Intensive is taking place the week before the June course for anyone who needs/would benefit from a refresher. The Human vs Nonhuman one-day course is being offered the Monday after the January course for anyone interested in staying the weekend. 


For participants who have taken the Human Remains Recovery Course, an Advanced Course will be offered in September 2022 that focuses on Fire Death Investigation. Please contact Sophia Mavroudas for more information. 

Upcoming sessions are

Jan 9-13, 2023

June 5-9, 2022

Tuition: $900/participant

Time: June 7:00am - 4:00PM/January 8:00AM-5:00PM

Location. Grady Early Building and the Forensic Anthropology Research Facility in San Marcos, TX 78666

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

ABMDI credit is available.


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You may pay for the course by invoice or credit card by clicking on the PAY BY CARD link below and following the instructions.

If you need assistance please contact Sophia Mavroudas at 512-245-1900 or




Any hotel/motel within San Marcos will be within 15 minutes of the workshop site. You may ask for the Texas State Rate at some hotels for an additional discount.   

FACTS is not responsible for your stay.