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Join foren­sic anthro­pol­o­gy expert Dr Patrick Ran­dolph-Quin­ney and Maropeng’s Bone Detec­tive, Bren­don Billings, for an evening of mur­der, mys­tery and foren­sic anthro­pol­o­gy at Maropeng this August.

Brought to you by Maropeng and the foren­sic anthro­pol­o­gy and archae­ol­o­gy divi­sion of the Human Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion Unit at Wits University’s School of Anatom­i­cal Sci­ence, the Maropeng Mur­der Mys­tery evening promis­es to be a thrilling and insight­ful intro­duc­tion for any­one with an inter­est in foren­sics, anthro­pol­o­gy and the human body.

What is the mur­der mys­tery evening all about?

On 1 Jan­u­ary 2014, mem­bers of the South African Police Ser­vice Spe­cial Inves­ti­ga­tions Unit were called to a dis­used mine in the North West province.

While sur­vey­ing the mine, a group of min­ing engi­neers made an eerie dis­cov­ery: bones buried deep underground.

After unearthing the remains and exam­in­ing the bur­ial site, police request­ed the assis­tance of foren­sic anthropologists.

The exam­i­na­tion will take place at CSI: Maropeng.

Your role at CSI: Maropeng

It is your job to iden­ti­fy the skele­tal remains, give them a name, and help bring the per­pe­tra­tors to justice.

Assist­ed by spe­cial­ists in foren­sic anthro­pol­o­gy and skele­tal biol­o­gy, you will under­take analy­ses of bio­log­i­cal and per­son­al iden­ti­ty, and skele­tal trauma.

Work­ing with spe­cial­ists you will learn how to assess iden­ti­ty from the skele­ton, and how to analyse the effects of inter-per­son­al vio­lence on bone, help­ing to under­stand how they may have met their death.

Meet the mys­tery-buster team

Quinney

Dr Ran­dolph-Quin­ney is a senior lec­tur­er at Wits University’s School of Anatom­i­cal Sciences

Dr Ran­dolph-Quin­ney is a senior lec­tur­er at Wits University’s School of Anatom­i­cal Sciences.

He is an expe­ri­enced researcher and field­work­er with inter­ests in the appli­ca­tion of bio­log­i­cal anthro­pol­o­gy across dif­fer­ing his­tor­i­cal timescales.

He has over 20 years’ archae­o­log­i­cal field expe­ri­ence in the recov­ery, iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and analy­sis of human skele­tal remains and archae­o­log­i­cal faunas.

He is an expe­ri­enced foren­sic case­work­er in areas of foren­sic human iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and foren­sic anthro­pol­o­gy, human/non-human bone iden­ti­fi­ca­tion, foren­sic cre­main analy­sis, and foren­sic archae­ol­o­gy and body recov­ery – includ­ing archae­o­log­i­cal search strate­gies for dis­cov­ery and recov­ery of clan­des­tine buri­als, and recov­ery from fatal fires.

Brendon Billings

Bren­don Billings is a fac­ul­ty mem­ber and cura­tor at Wits University’s School of Anatom­i­cal Sci­ences and is Maropeng’s res­i­dent Bone Detective

Bren­don Billings is a fac­ul­ty mem­ber and cura­tor at Wits University’s School of Anatom­i­cal Sci­ences and is Maropeng’s res­i­dent Bone Detective”.

Thir­ty-one-year-old Billings has com­plet­ed his MSc in the his­to­ry of sci­ence at Wits and is cur­rent­ly doing a PhD in com­par­a­tive neuroscience.

Pri­or to that, among his many acco­lades and awards were a BSc Hon­ours in human biol­o­gy, a staff bur­sary for Wits Uni­ver­si­ty Med­ical School, and fund­ing in 2010 for the refur­bish­ment of the Ray­mond Dart Human Skele­tal Collection.

He was also nom­i­nat­ed as a mem­ber of the pres­ti­gious Coun­cil for the Roy­al Soci­ety South Africa.

Event details

Date: 30 August 2014

Time: Debrief­ing starts at 4pm for 4.30pm in the recep­tion nave at the Maropeng Tumu­lus Building

Cost: R425 per per­son, max. 40 peo­ple. Please not that this event is strict­ly for adults only.

The event includes the pre­sen­ta­tion and CSI inves­ti­ga­tion, a buf­fet din­ner at Maropeng’s Tumu­lus Restau­rant, as well as wel­come drinks upon arrival and a few sur­prise extras. 

Bring your best CSI impres­sion and dress to impress.

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