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MSU Denver Human Identification Lab

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Thank you for visiting the Metropolitan State University of Denver Human Identification Laboratory (MSUD-HIL). The MSUD-HIL is committed to providing high-quality forensic anthropology field and laboratory services to the medicolegal community of Colorado, with an emphasis on accurate, ethical, impartial, and legally defensible forensic consultation services. We currently consult with several local, state, and federal medicolegal organizations.


The MSUD-HIL specializes in field location and recovery as well as laboratory analysis of human skeletal remains. See below for a list of services:

  • Forensic Osteological Analysis
    • Comparative Osteological Identification: Human vs. Non-Human
    • Construction of a Biological Profile (Sex, Age, Stature, Ancestry)
    • Assessment of Skeletal Changes Associated with Pathology, Trauma, and/or Typical Variation
  • Historic/Archaeological Osteological Analysis
  • Search and Recovery
  • Excavation

Annual Workshop: 
The Basics of Forensic Anthropology

  • Course Dates: Monday & Tuesday, May 20–21, 2019 (The registration deadline for the 2019 workshop has passed.)
  • Time: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Cost: $150
  • Certification: CO Coroners Association 15 CE Hours
  • NOTE: College undergraduates are not eligible to enroll in this workshop. If you have questions please contact Jill Scott.
  • Location: Metropolitan State University of Denver
                     Auraria Campus, Downtown Denver, CO
                     Cherry Creek Building (formerly South Classroom) Room 241
  • Parking Information: Campus Parking Map
Course InfoMSUD-HIL 2019 Forensic Anthropology Workshop Flyer 

This course is open to medicolegal professionals and members of related fields. Participants will learn:

  • Locate/recognize clandestine graves
    • Archaeological/Historic vs. Forensic contexts
  • Archaeological methods for burial recovery
  • Proper recovery/transportation of skeletal remains
  • Basic human osteology
    • Identification of the major bones of the skeleton; estimation of sex, age-at-death, stature, and ancestry
  • Distinguish human vs. animal skeletal remains

Lectures will be followed by laboratory experience so that participants may apply what they learn.

Contact Us:

To request field and/or laboratory services, or for general laboratory information
Lab Coordinator
Jill Scott, MA

MSUD-HIL Laboratory Director:
Christine Pink, PhD, D-ABFA

Mailing Address
MSU Denver Human Identification Laboratory
Department of Sociology and Anthropology 
Campus Box 28, P.O. Box 173362
Denver, CO 80217–3362

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