Archaeology degree leads to crime-solving

September 30, 2019

A fan of crime-scene detective shows, Chantelle Foster always dreamed of working in forensics. When she enrolled at SFU she majored in criminology, figuring that would lead her in the right direction. But in her second year of studies she switched to a major in archaeology after discovering courses in human osteology (skeletal remains) and forensic anthropology that proved a perfect fit for her career path.

“It’s fascinating that someone’s skeleton can give us so much information about how they lived and died,” she says. From nutrition and socio-economic status to past injuries, cause of death and more, forensic investigations give voice to those who can no longer speak for themselves.