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1st Edition

Forensic Archaeology
Advances in Theory and Practice

ISBN 9780415273121
Published December 22, 2005 by Routledge
256 Pages

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Book Description

This updated edition of a textbook universally hailed as an indispensable guide, is a complete introduction to the methods and means of forensic archaeology.

Incorporating new advances in the field, new case studies, and charting the growth and development of the subject, Forensic Archaeology examines the four main fields of recovery, search, skeletal analysis and analytical science, and how the concepts and methods of traditional archaeology can by utilized within criminal investigations.

The authors provide in-depth chapters that discuss:

  • search and location
  • the various constraints and issues posed by an increasingly complex legal environment
  • the archaeology of individual and mass graves
  • how the subject has evolved to include international investigations of human rights
  • links with forensic anthropology
  • forensic geophysical survey.

This is an invaluable resource that will provide students, researchers, academics and the general reader alike with a fascinating introduction to this complex and crucial subject.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction  2. Search and Location  3. Forensic Geophysical Survey  4. The Recovery of Forensic Evidence from Individual Graves  5. The Archaeology of Mass Graves  6. Anthropology in a Forensic Context  7. Legal Matters  8. Social and Intellectual Frameworks

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John Hunter is Professor of Ancient History and Archaeology at the University of Birmingham, UK where he specializes in forensic archaeology, the archaeology of Scotland, and cultural resource management. He has published widely on all three, and this is his second co-authored textbook on forensic archaeology. He helped found the Forensic Search Advisory Group and lectures widely to police forces and other law enforcement agencies throughout the UK as well as working operationally in the field or acting as a consultant in forensic cases. He has some experience working in the Balkans and in Iraq, and is Director (Archaeology) for the Centre for International Forensic Assistance (CIFA). He is a registered forensic archaeologist and lead assessor in forensic archaeology for the Council for the Registration of Forensic Practitioners.

Margaret Cox is Head of the Forensic and Bioarchaeological Sciences Group at Bournemouth University where she is Professor of Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology and Director of Forensic Programmes. An experienced forensic archaeologist and anthropologist who has worked in the UK, with some experience in Kosovo and Iraq. She is also an experienced biological anthropologist assessing archaeological remains and has published extensively in both the archaeological and forensic spheres. Since 1999 she has been the UK Government Ministry of Defence’s Forensic Anthropologist and regularly examines the remains of British service personnel from previous conflicts. Margaret is also the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of the Inforce Foundation (International Forensic Centre of Excellence for the Investigation of Genocide).