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Suspect burial excavation procedure: a cautionary tale.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19081213     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Geographic location, time of reporting and need for rapid evaluation contributed to a lack of intelligence concerning a suspect burial site in scrub woodland (approximately 15 km from the last known location of a missing person) in Northern Ireland. Police received reports of a subsiding 'grave', which was evaluated positively using GPR and victim recovery dogs (VRD). After 24h work, archaeological excavation showed a vertical-sided, stepped excavation on undisturbed clay with no inhumation. Subsequent research showed the feature to be an engineering trial pit. The GPR response was a water table and rocks, VRD were possibly reacting to disturbed ground. The work serves as a demonstration of good archaeological practice in suspect burial excavation, following a lack of landscape evaluation and poor overall intelligence.
Alastair Ruffell; Colm Donnelly; Naomi Carver; Eileen Murphy; Emily Murray; James McCambridge
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article     Date:  2008-12-09
Journal Detail:
Title:  Forensic science international     Volume:  183     ISSN:  1872-6283     ISO Abbreviation:  Forensic Sci. Int.     Publication Date:  2009 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-01-12     Completed Date:  2009-05-19     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7902034     Medline TA:  Forensic Sci Int     Country:  Ireland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  e11-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
School of Geography, Archaeology & Palaeoecology, Queen's University Belfast, BT7 1NN Northern Ireland, UK.
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Forensic Anthropology*

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