Interview For Forensic Rose Blog

What educational path did you follow to become a forensic anthropologist?

A long one!  I got my Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in skeletal biology from American University in 1971.  A year later I completed a Master of Arts in physical anthropology from Northwestern University; and in 1975 I finished my Ph.D in physical anthropology from Northwestern.

Forensics requires some additional skills that aren’t necessarily those of the archaeologist — even an archaeologist with a good understanding of osteology and human skeletons.  So I did do some retraining, and then submitted my candidacy for certification from the American Board of Forensic Anthropologists.  That was a bear of an examination, both the written and practical exam.  I think only about 88 people have ever been certified.


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