18th Annual Plenderleith Lecture

At the end of November, Icon Scotland will be hosting the 18th Harold Plenderleith Memorial Lecture at Discovery Point, Dundee. The lecture will be given by Professor Sue Black and Dr Craig Cunningham from the Centre for Anatomy & Human Identification University of Dundee. Sue recently appeared on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Desert Island Discs’. If you missed it, you can catch up on the iPlayer Radio.

Professor Sue Black is a leading forensic anthropologist and the director of the Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification at Dundee University (CAHID). Her forensic expertise has been crucial to a number of high-profile criminal cases and in 1999 she headed the British Forensic Team’s exhumation of mass graves in Kosovo. She founded the British Association of Human Identification in 2001, the same year in which she received an OBE for her services to forensic anthropology. She received the Lucy Mair Medal from the Royal Anthropological Institute in 2008.

Dr Craig Cunningham lectures in Anatomy and Forensic Anthropology within CAHID and leads the coordination and delivery of international training courses in skeletal development. He has responsibility for the curation of the Scheuer collection of juvenile skeletal remains housed within CAHID. His research involves investigating the development of the human skeleton and applying this knowledge to the identification process.

In 1990, Louise Scheuer and Sue Black decided to write the first text book dedicated to Developmental Juvenile Osteology. The work was begun in response to archaeologists, osteologists and forensic anthropologists who wanted to be able to recognise human juvenile skeletal remains and assign an accurate age at death. The book was awarded the Royal Society of Medicine and Society of Author’s prize in 2001 and the research leading to it created a comprehensive collection of juvenile skeletal remains that is now known as the Scheuer Collection.

Craig and Sue will outline how this unique collection came about, its composition and its value to ongoing teaching, research and forensic case work. They will also consider the importance of the conservation project funded by the Mathew Trust in 2005 and the computed tomography scanning project of 2008.

You can book tickets to the Plenderleith Lecture through our Eventbrite page.

The event will be preceded by a bus tour to Arbroath to visit fascinating and important aspects of Arbroath’s Victorian Heritage (leaving from Dundee at 11am, seperate tickets needed) and by the Icon Scotland Group Annual General Meeting (free of charge, no booking needed). [UPDATE: THE BUS TOUR HAS NOW BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO LOW DEMAND. FULL REFUNDS WILL BY GIVEN.]

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