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The Butcher of Woburn Abbey: A Case Study by Dr Chris Aris

Saturday 20 July 2024: 11:00 and 13:30
Saturday 19 October 2024: 11:00 and 13:30

Pre-booking required. £25.00 per adult, includes museum entry and hands-on workshop.

In this interactive talk you will learn about the real-life case at Woburn Abbey concerning the unexpected discovery of multiple sets of human skeletal remains. Led by forensic anthropologist, Dr Chris Aris, he will speak on each step of the case covering the discovery and recovery of the bones, his involvement and lab work as the forensic anthropologist, and the conclusion of the investigation. Dr Aris will ask you your opinion on the case before revealing the final outcome.


This talk will include images of skeletonised human remains (bones only) and use of cast human bones.

Dr Christopher Aris

Dr Christopher Aris is an established specialist in human osteology, musculoskeletal anatomy, bioarchaeology, and forensic anthropology. He gained his PhD from the University of Kent, studying enamel growth patterns in human populations. Currently he works as a Teaching Associate in Anatomy and Osteology at the University of Sheffield, convening modules in musculoskeletal anatomy, forensic anatomy, and advanced osteology alongside directing the Human Osteology and Funerary Archaeology MSc course. He is also currently a Forensic Anthropology Consultant within the University’s archaeological department.


Chris is passionate about engaging people of all ages in the subject of forensic anthropology and has written many academic and non-academic works and delivered various talks and workshops.

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