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Optimizing Search Strategies in Mass Grave Location Through the Combination of Digital Technologies

ABATE, Dante, STURDY COLLS, Caroline, Moyssi, Noly, Karsili, Demet, Faka, Marina, Anilir, Ahmet and Manolis, Stelios (2019) Optimizing Search Strategies in Mass Grave Location Through the Combination of Digital Technologies. Forensic Science International: Synergy, 1. pp. 95-107. ISSN 0379-0738 ESSN 1872-6283

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Efforts to locate missing persons resulting from conflict often centre of excavation. Although this approach is the only way to definitively confirm the presence of human remains, it can be costly and labour-intensive, particularly when large areas need to be searched. This paper discusses a wide range of emerging non-invasive digital methods implemented with a view to locating burials and mass graves and increase the excavation recovery rate of the Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus (CMP). Aerial and terrestrial survey and subsequent 3D modelling was combined with geophysical survey in order to record sites, two of which were excavated to ground-truth the findings. The results demonstrated the effectiveness of these techniques in defining the search parameters of potential burial sites and prioritizing features for investigation. The nature of the collaboration between archaeologists, digital technologists, and forensic experts allowed mutual trust to be built between all parties, whilst also testing the effectiveness of the methods employed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Forensic Archaeology; Digital Technologies; Geophysics; Missing Persons, Ground Penetrating Radar; Photogrammetry
Faculty: School of Creative Arts and Engineering > Humanities and Performing Arts
Depositing User: Caroline STURDY COLLS
Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2019 10:58
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2019 12:27
URI: http://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/id/eprint/5681

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