All of our forensic anthropology staff are casework active and some have given evidence in court in the UK (Scotland, England Wales). All forensic anthropology and archaeology practitioners are certified with their professional bodies.

The staff who undertake forensic casework for CAHID have an extensive portfolio, having had involvement in investigations around the world.  They also act as specialist advisors at the highest levels. Professor Niamh Nic Daeid and Dr Lucina Hackman are recognised specialists with the National Crime Agency database.

Our forensic practitioners undertake investigative case work, defence work and case review.

Areas of forensic specialty include:

  • Age estimation in the Living
  • Body Recovery
  • Case review
  • Facial reconstruction
  • Forensic Anthropology
  • Forensic Archaeology
  • Identification of perpetrators from hands images (IIOC)
  • Investigation of illicit drugs and their preparation
  • Fire scene investigation
  • Investigation of terrorist related events

Virtual Anthropology Consultancy Service VACS - online bone identification

This service is run for Police Scotland and PSNI

+44(0)1382 388825

Our staff

Staff involved in casework 

  • Professor Niamh Nic Daeid
  • Dr Chris Rynn
  • Dr Catriona Davies
  • Dr Helen Langstaff
  • Dr Diana Swales
  • Dr Lucina Hackman


Medical Sciences Institute (MSI)
University of Dundee
Dow Street
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  +44(0)1382 388825