Archaeologists removing surface vegetation from a suspicious area

Removing recent plant growth can reveal the limits of a clandestine grave, allowing archaeologists to excavate very precisely.

The Critical Thinking Consortium, Simon Fraser University
The Critical Thinking Consortium, Simon Fraser University

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Mapping a scene

Mapping a scene, the surrounding area and the location of all the evidence is an important part of recovery and crime scene work. Triangulation is one method of measuring the relative distance between objects. See the Teacher's Guide, Investigating Forensics, http://www.sfu.museum/forensics/an-en/pg_media-media_pg/professeur-pdfs-teachers/

The Critical Thinking Consortium, Simon Fraser University
The Critical Thinking Consortium, Simon Fraser University

Mapping a scene
© 2011, SFU Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology. All Rights Reserved.


Learning Objectives

• develop an appreciation for the investigative techniques used by forensic archaeologists
• recognize when data is unclear, inaccurate, incomplete or unsupported and demonstrate the ability to improve it

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