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The Australian National University

Ms Juliet Meyer

Position: PhD Candidate in Archaeology

Email: juliet.meyer@anu.edu.au

Phone: 6125 4419

Location: Room: LG33B, A.D. Hope Building (#14)

Thesis title: Researching taphonomic processes and excavation techniques of contemporary mass graves
 
The application of archaeological theories and techniques to forensic sites has been recognised by the forensic community as an essential part of forensic investigations particularly when undertaking the extremely complex operation of recovering evidence from mass graves. Logically, the best practitioners to implement these methodologies are the experienced archaeologists themselves. This thrusts archaeology into very novel circumstances and, in some cases, archaeologists have had to manipulate the traditional archaeological procedures they employ to suit the unique situations that they confront at forensic sites. In order to be better prepared for these conditions, archaeologists have begun to empirically test traditional techniques of search, location, excavation, recovery and site interpretation in a contemporary context (i.e. applying these techniques to sites of relatively young age, < 50 years). I hope to supplement the empirical knowledge of mass grave taphonomy (decomposition/preservation of biological remains) and excavation by recreating a mass grave(s) with the use of swine carcasses as a proxy for humans. (Unless, of course, there are any volunteers…..)
 
 

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