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NCJ Number: 158059 Find in a Library
Title: Techniques for Locating Burials, With Emphasis on the Probe
Journal: Journal of Forensic Sciences  Volume:40  Issue:5  Dated:(September 1995)  Pages:735-740
Author(s): D W Owsley
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 6
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article describes the use of the probe in locating unmarked burial sites.
Abstract: Use of the probe offers a simple, less expensive, and relatively noninvasive technique that can be used in forensic cases in urban and rural settings, and in the detection of historic burial sites. Probes permit a thorough search with minimal surface and subsurface damage, can be used in combination with visual and other research techniques, and provide a fast and effective method for the experienced individual. Like other search methods, use of the probe to find a burial site requires verification based on excavation. The article describes selected cases, involving forensic investigations, mass disaster, and location of historic family cemeteries, to illustrate the effective use of a probe. 3 figures and 15 references
Main Term(s): Science and Technology
Index Term(s): Criminology; Forensic anthropology; Forensic archaeology; Investigative techniques
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