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Forensic Archaeology and Today’s Student: Managing Expectations and Providing Rigor While Maintaining Best Practices

Author(s): Craig Goralski ; Alexis Gray

Year: 2015

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Fueled by the media and uniformed academic advisors, students are flooding into the field of forensics, often with unrealistic expectations of success and future employment. Although careers in forensic anthropology and archaeology are difficult to attain, today’s practitioners have the responsibility to prepare and train the field’s future members. This paper discusses the 2014 field season of the Unidentified Persons Project, a twenty-three student forensic archaeology field school that took place in San Bernardino County, California. This paper summarizes methods that were used to evaluate and select students for the project, strategies for setting and maintaining realistic expectations, techniques for minimizing emotional and psychological trauma for participants, and methods employed to maintain academic rigor while promoting best practices of medicolegal investigation.

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Forensic Archaeology and Today’s Student: Managing Expectations and Providing Rigor While Maintaining Best Practices. Alexis Gray, Craig Goralski. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 395379)


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Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America