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Archaeology & Anthropology Field Schools

Africa - Somaliland - Forensic anthropology and Human Rights: uncovering Somaliland's troubled past - 2013

Africa - Somaliland - Forensic anthropology and Human Rights: uncovering Somaliland's troubled past - 2013

Archaeology Field School Location and Dates

Application Deadline
Start Date 2013-02-05
End Date 2013-03-03

Archaeology Field School Location

Hargeisa, Republic of Somaliland, Horn of Africa

Archaeology Field School Tuition

4950 US

Archaeology Field School Room and Board


Archaeology Field School Travel
ca. 2000
Additional Information on Tution/Room and Board/Travel Costs

Room, board and transportation in Somaliland is covered in the tuition fees

Archaeology Field School Description

Prior to arrival to Hargeisa participants will receive a reading package on the culture and politics and recent history of Somaliland, as well as the legacy of human rights violations in the country. In addition during the first day students will receive an introductory lecture on the various aspects to be considered in a forensic intervention of this nature.
The first group shall be deployed to the exhumation site while the second group will start the examination of remains already exhumed at the morgue.
In the field participants will be guided through the exhumation process from mass graves selected by the War Crimes Investigation Commission of Somaliland, including (but not limited) to surveying, mapping, collection of surface evidence and exhumation procedures.In the morgue participants will be exposed to the examination of remains and associated artefacts recovered during the exhumation process as well as prepare chain of custody forms, clean recovered remains and associated artefacts and storage. They will be guided through the process of aging, sexing, calculate stature, biological affinity and trauma.In addition they will examine clothing and related artefacts and prepare individual reports.

Archaeology Field School Additional Information

Archaeology Field School Type

Forensic archaeology/anthropology

Field School Setting/Conditions

Basic but reliable accommodation, transport and security. Catering done at the hotel and snacks to go to the field.

Number of years this Archaeology Field School has been in operation

Directors and Instructors

Jose Pablo Baraybar; has over 20 years of experience as a forensic anthropologist. He has consulted and/or trained on the use of forensics in cases of Human Rights violations in Guatemala, Colombia, Venezuela, Haiti, Ethiopia, the Congo, Sierra Leone, Kenya, Iraq, and the Philippines. He is the Executive Director of the Peruvian Forensic Anthropology Team (EPAF). He served as forensic anthropologist for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in 1996 and as Chief Forensic Anthropologist/ Archaeologist for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) from 1996-2002. He has expert witness status in the International Criminal Tribunal and was one of a handful of scientists to present forensic evidence in the case of Srebrenica (Bosnia) which is the first case of Genocide to be prosecuted using forensic evidence after the Tribunals of Nuremberg and Tokyo. In 2002 he created the Office of Missing Persons and Forensics (OMPF) in Kosovo and served as its head until 2007. During his tenure as head of OMPF was awarded with the UN21 Awards. Mr. Baraybar was awarded the 2011 Judith Lee Stronach Human Rights prize by the Center for Justice and Accountability in San Francisco.
Chris Cobb-Smith; served for twenty years in the British Army, retiring in 1994. Recruited by the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office, he gained further operational experience as an UNSCOM weapons inspector in Iraq and as a monitor for the OSCE’s Kosovo Verification Mission. Increasing awareness that journalists were ill prepared for hostile environments led to him founding Chiron Resources to provide specialist media support. In addition, Mr. Cobb-Smith is retained as a military/weapons expert by news agencies and NGOs to conduct investigations, not only into the deaths of journalists (most notably Abed Takoush in 2000 and James Miller in 2003), but also of alleged human rights abuses and potential war crimes.
Scott Emmons is a respected teacher and an expert in different fields related to the use of spatial data. He uses his expertise to support people in gathering, managing and sharing information through technology and local knowledge. He has led the development of software and techniques to better promote the interests of community projects and spends much of his time working with Aboriginal groups throughout British Columbia. Mr. Emmons runs the GIS Lab at UNBC, which operates as an open door educational facility.

Specialized skills you will have the opportunity to learn

Skeletal biology

Will there be additional organized activities?


Will there be additional organized activities?


Is travel restriced during free time?


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Cristian Silva
Scott Emmons
Franco Mora

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