The use of archaeological and anthropological methods in fatal fire scene investigation

L’utilisation de méthodes archéologiques et anthropologiques dans une enquête sur les lieux d’un incendie mortel

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Authors
  1. Waterhouse, K.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Centre for Security Science, Ottawa ONT (CAN);Alberta Univ, Edmonton AB (CAN) Dept of Anthropology
Abstract
This report will highlight some of the techniques and technologies of archaeologists and anthropologists that may be of assistance in fatal fire scene investigation. The value of archaeological techniques has been previously acknowledged in fire scene recovery and the primary principals of excavation are often applied; however the full range of methods and techniques available has not yet been fully exploited. Many additional aspects of archaeological and anthropological work can be adapted and applied to fatal fire scene investigation to provide further opportunities to maximize evidence recovery and interpretation. The application of some of these techniques does require evidential proof of value, as well as research into how best to use these systems. These research avenues and identified areas of need will be discussed to consider where future research may be beneficial.

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Keywords
Fatal fire;Forensic Investigation;Archeological Methods;Arson,
Report Number
DRDC-CSS-TN-2009-04 — Technical Note
Date of publication
01 Dec 2009
Number of Pages
25
DSTKIM No
CA033231
CANDIS No
532522
Format(s):
Electronic Document(PDF)

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