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Body of Evidence


This course is an Honours Class and therefore only available for students of an honours college.

Enrolling in this course is possible until the 15th of November, using the link at ‘registration’ during this period.


Retaining information about life and death, the body is often one of the most crucial pieces of forensic evidence available. As well as obtaining individual data, such as age, sex, health, ancestry and appearance, the correct recovery of a body can provide clues about the final moments and interactions before death. Accordingly, this interdisciplinary course aims to give students an opportunity to gain a practical and theoretical understanding of how a body is dealt with in forensic science, progressing from initial search and recovery techniques, identification, to the courtroom.

The course is a joint venture between University of Leiden, Faculties of Archaeology and Law, and the Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI).


February 5th 14:15-15:30 Introduction to the Course; 15.45-17:00 Introduction to the Forensic Science

February 12th 14:15-15:30 Legal Context: Forensic Investigation; 15.45-17:00 Investigative Psychology

February 19th 14:15-15:30 Crime Scene Management; 15.45-17:00 Forensic Awareness

February 26th 14:15-15:30 Forensic Odontology; 15.45-17:00 Forensic Radiology

March 4th 14:15-15:30 Forensic Anthropology; 15.45-17:00 Forensic Pathology

March 11th 14:15-15:30 Isotope Provenancing; 15.45-17:00 Forensic Toxicology

April 1st 9:00-17:00 Forensic Anthropology Practical (! full day !)

April 8th 14:15-15:30 Forensic Archaeology: Search; 15.45-17:00 Forensic Archaeology: Excavation and Recovery

April 15th 14:15-15:30 Forensic Soil Science and Ecology; 15.45-17:00 DNA Analysis

April 22nd 14:15-15:30 Forensic Taphonomy; 15.45-17:00 Disaster Management

May 13th 09:00-17:00 Forensic Excavation / Anthropology (Faculty of Archaeology, UL) (! full day !)

Date to be confirmed NFI Visit and ‘’Mini’’ Crime Scene Scenario

Please be aware that the schedule may change if visiting lecturers are called out.


Friday 5, 12, 19, 26 February, 4, 11 March, 8, 15, 22 April; 14:15 – 17:00 hrs
Friday 1 April, 13 May; 9:00 – 17:00 hrs.


Van Steenis Building (Faculty of Archaeology), Einsteinweg 2, Leiden

Assessment method

Participation in discussion, 2000 word essay, 2 practicals

Maximum number of students



Enrolling in this course is possible until 15 November via this link .

Important note: This is a closed course. The lectures may contain images that people might find upsetting, so students should think carefully before enrolling on the course. In addition, due to the sensitive nature of some material, it is not permitted to take images or use recording devices during the course.


Dr. S. A. Inskip