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Lecture 6

1AA3 Lecture 6: Forensic Anthropology

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Andrew Wade

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Anthro 1AA3
Lecture 6: Forensic Anthropology
Search and Recovery
-Police focus on the crime
-Archaeologists take the information and use it to search
-Beginning of the process is map work and mental models
oPreliminary investigations
-Next stage is Reconnaissance
oWant to stay out of target areas because they could be a
possible crime scene
-Narrow down the possible sites to the one crime scene
oBrings it down to a more manageable size
oOnce they are narrowed down, a search plan is created
- Planning and Undergoing Recovery
- Search Operation
oNobody but forensics and police are allowed inside the
outer perimeter of the crime scene search area
oCover the search area as e*ciently as possible
- Mapping and Recovery is the +nal step
The Search
-Before the search
oPicking up characteristics of boots or shoes if a possible
footprint is found within the site
-Making notes
oEvidence /ags are planted where information has been
-Anything that does not look like it belongs should be /agged
-Picking through litter and searching everywhere, not just the
oLooking for anything out of the ordinary
-Looking for brush piles that could possibly hide something
-Dirt from grid squares is broken up and looked through to see if
anything was missed
-When a possible burial site is found, a grid is made over the area
oThe resolution area becomes +ner
oThe separate sections of the grid are labeled (A,B,C, etc.)
-Looking for paler patches of dirt
oThis could be drier soil due to the removal or back+lling of
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