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The Scientific Investigation of Mass Graves


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1. Introduction and context; 2. Protocols for the investigation of mass graves; 3. Health and safety; 4. Scenes of crime examination; 5. Search, location, excavation, and recovery; 6. Mortuary procedures I - pathology, radiography and the role of the anatomical pathology technologist; 7. Mortuary procedures II - skeletal analysis 1: procedures and demographic assessment; 8. Mortuary procedures III - skeletal analysis 2: techniques for determining identification; 9. Forensic sciences; 10. Ante-mortem data collection: interaction with families and communities.

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This book describes the essential processes and techniques for the scientific investigation of atrocity crimes.

About the Author

Margaret Cox is Professor of Archaeology at the University of Southampton and Chief Executive of the Inforce Foundation. Her forensic work has taken her to France, Belgium, Kosovo, Rwanda, Iraq and Cyprus and she regularly undertakes domestic casework in the United Kingdom. She is the author of several books, including Forensic Archaeology: Advances in Theory and Practice (co-authored with John Hunter) and Health and Disease in Britain: Prehistory to the Present (co-authored with Charlotte Roberts). Ambika Flavel is Forensic Osteoarchaeologist with the Inforce Foundation. She has been involved in field missions in such places as Guatamala, the Balkans and Iraq as well as training and capacity building programs, teaching field and laboratory techniques to university students, professionals, and law enforcement agencies. Ian Hanson is Lecturer in Forensic Archaeology at Bournemouth University. He has worked as a professional archaeologist in Europe, Africa, Australasia, the United States and the Middle East and has served as a consultant to various agencies in Bosnia, Croatia, Guatemala, Congo, Iraq, and Cyprus. Joanna Laver is currently Crime Scene Investigator working for the Dorset Police (UK), formerly Forensic Archaeologist with the Inforce Foundation. She has been involved in forensic missions in such places as Cyprus, Iraq and the Balkans and training and capacity building programs, teaching field and laboratory techniques to students and professionals. Roland Wessling is Forensic Science and Operations Manager for the Inforce Foundation. He has worked on atrocity crime investigations in the Balkans, Cyprus, and Iraq, as well as domestic cases in Germany and Britain. He regularly contributes to Inforce's training programmes and workshops.


'Cox and colleagues have produced a volume that will undoubtedly be a useful tool and teaching aid.' Journal of Archaeological Science
'I expect to see this book used widely as a reference by anthropologists, archaeologists and other forensic practitioners in a variety of situations that call for investigators to establish the physical facts of a criminal activity or a disaster event in a credible and convincing manner.' Anthropological Science

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