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The Role of Forensic Archaeology in Missing Persons Investigations

Bartelink, Eric, Milligan, Colleen and STURDY COLLS, Caroline (2016) The Role of Forensic Archaeology in Missing Persons Investigations. In: Handbook of Missing Persons. Springer, New York, pp. 271-284. ISBN 978-3-319-40199-7

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THE ROLE OF FORENSIC ARCHAEOLOGY IN MISSING PERSONS INVESTIGATIONS ERIC J. BARTELINK, COLLEEN F. MILLIGAN AND CAROLINE STURDY COLLS Eric J. Bartelink and Colleen F. Milligan, 400 West 1st Street, Department of Anthropology, California State University-Chico, Chico, CA 95929-0400, ebartelink@csuchico.eduCaroline Sturdy Colls, Forensic and Crime Science Department, Science Centre, Staffordshire University, Leek Road, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire ST4 2DF, forensic archaeology; search; excavation; buried remains; clandestine graves ABSTRACT Forensic archaeology has emerged as a distinct discipline over the past three decades, although its value was recognized as early as the 1970s. Today, forensic archaeologists assist with domestic outdoor scenes, fire scenes, in the search and excavation of mass graves, in the recovery of remains from past wars and conflicts, and in mass fatality incidents. The application of archaeological methods to outdoor forensic scenes includes the search, location, excavation, and recovery of human remains and other kinds of forensic evidence. Forensic archaeology has been integral to the investigations of missing persons cases, and practitioners are often called upon to assist with the recovery of human remains and forensic evidence from surface scattered scenes, clandestine graves, fire scenes, and large scale massdisaster scenes. This chapter provides a general overview of forensic archaeological methods and also discusses innovations in the analysis of outdoor scenes and fire scenes.

Item Type: Book Chapter, Section or Conference Proceeding
Additional Information: Book chapter in: “Handbook of Missing Persons” edited by Morewitz, Stephen J., Sturdy Colls, Caroline. Published 2016 by Springer, New York.
Faculty: Previous Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Sciences > Sciences
Depositing User: Caroline STURDY COLLS
Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2016 16:54
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2023 13:45

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