Forensic Archaeology is an essential tool in locating and recovering buried human remains. It draws together specialist search processes and techniques such as aerial imaging and geophysical survey and applies exacting manual archaeological methods in the excavation of remains and recovery of buried evidence.
Buried human remains, old or recent, can occur in a variety of places and for a variety of reasons. A forensic archaeologist can support an enquiry or investigation in a number of useful ways:
- advising on the date of remains exposed during building or groundworks.
- designing search strategies and sequences for finding clandestine graves
- excavating and recording human remains according to stratigraphic principles and avoiding forensic contamination
- recovering evidence to link offender, grave and victim
- identifying method of grave construction and characteristics