GEORGE NEWS - On Wednesday 11 March, the Wilderness Ratepayers Association will host another look at history.
Following the January talk about archaeology at the Pinnacle Point caves (attended by some 300 people), this talk by forensic anthropologist Belinda Speed will tell about her work analysing human skeletal remains.
She will demonstrate how anthropologists apply their knowledge of human anatomy and the skeleton to assist in identifying unknown individuals.
Speed has worked with the police, Forensic Pathology Services and the Department of Justice in locating and analysing human remains, both forensic and archaeological in nature.
She grew up in Wilderness and moved to Cape Town to further her studies.
After completing her BSc in genetics and microbiology at UCT, she embarked on honours and masters degrees in biological anthropology and applied anatomy. Speed is currently finalising her PhD in forensic medicine at UCT.
Her research on marine decomposition is the first of its kind on the African continent, and she is one of only a handful of people internationally undertaking such research.
Speed will use actual cases - including some local ones - to explain her work. The talk starts at 18:00 for 18:30 at the Wilderness Hotel.
Entry is R10 for WRRA members and R20 for non-members.
A cash bar and an opportunity to become a Wilderness Ratepayers and Residents Association member will be available.
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