This reference, now in its second edition, is a comprehensive guide that focuses on the practical aspects of excavating and recovering human remains, as well as any associated evidence, from crime scenes. It highlights the protocols and techniques that are used to successfully survey, map, recover, document, collect, and transport evidence. New additions to the reference include discussion questions and suggested readings, updated mapping and measuring techniques, including a section on GIS and backpack differential GPS systems, expanded information on botany, DNA, and soil, and non-forensic burial contexts. Almost 200 illustrations are included to help clarify concepts.
Introduction to Forensic Archaeology. Tools and Equipment. Human Skeletal Terminology. Understanding the Forensic Context. Search Techniques for Locating Human Remains. Methods of Geophysical Survey. Surveying and Mapping Methods. Applying Archaeological Methods in a Forensic Context. Collecting Botanical and Entomological Evidence. Collecting Skeletal Remains. Writing the Final Report. Appendix A: Adult Skeletal Inventory Form (Field Collection). Appendix B: Infant Skeletal Inventory Form (Field Collection). Appendix C: Child Skeletal Inventory Form (Field Collection). Appendix D: Personnel and Scene Summary Form. Appendix E: Recovery Scene Context Form. Appendix F: Surface Deposit Recovery Form. Appendix G: Feature Excavation Form. Appendix H: Remains Summary Form. Appendix I: Forensic Entomology Data Collection Form. Appendix J: Photography/Video Record Form. Appendix K: Evidentiary Inventory Form. Appendix L: Evidentiary Chain of Custody Form. Glossary. Index.