Archaeology and forensic death investigations

  title={Archaeology and forensic death investigations},
  author={W. Haglund},
  journal={Historical Archaeology},
  • W. Haglund
  • Published 2001
  • History, Medicine
  • Historical Archaeology
Historically, the role of the archaeology in forensic death investigation has focused on excavation techniques and documentation of context. Additional skills of the archaeologist relate to familiarity with stratigraphy and soils, collection and conservation of artifacts, and special areas of interest, such as taphonomy. The following discussion surveys the processes by which the methods and personnel of archaeology have been incorporated into forensic recovery of skeletal and buried remains… Expand
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