Sara Yoshida


Interests: At Simon Fraser University I was a forensic anthropology consultant to the Office of the Chief Coroner and worked on over twenty cases including: identification of homicide victims, cremated remains, archaeological remains, animal remains, histological analysis, verification of testimony, and a plane crash. In 2002, I was a civilian member of the joint RCMP/Vancouver Police Department Missing Women's Task Force working as an excavator at the Port Coquitlam crime scene.

I have been a physical anthropology consultant since 1998 for many archaeological companies as well as aboriginal bands including Stolo and Sechelt. This work has included many excavations of human remains for reburial, site monitoring, full skeletal analyses of human and animal remains, and the preparation of human remains for radiocarbon dating, isotopic analysis and DNA testing. I am the preferred physical anthropology consultant for Golder Associates, and have been included in the Public Works and Government Services Standing Offer. I teach an annual Human and Animal bone workshop for the BCAPA (British Columbia Association of Professional Archaeologists).


Yoshida, Sara J.M. Book Review: Written in Bones: How Human Remains Unlock the Secrets of the Dead by Paul Bahn, Canadian Journal of Forensic Science 2004:03.

I have written numerous technical reports for the Office of the Chief Coroner and professional archaeologists.

Courses taught

  • ANTH 1200: Biological Anthropology
  • ANTH 1217: Forensic Anthropology
  • ANTH 3502: Special Topics in Biological Anthropology
  • ANTH 4510: Applied Research in Anthropology