Forensic Materials Science Applications in Archaeology

Author(s): Emily Ellwood; Bill Schneck

Year: 2017


Forensic science and archaeology share many similarities in laboratory and field methods that are deeply rooted in geology, chemistry and biology. Questions addressed in forensic science contexts often include item/material identification and provenance, rarity (probative value), comparative examination for sourcing purposes, and accurate scene reconstruction. This paper will examine actual forensic cases and their archaeological analogs in order to demonstrate how current forensic analyses may be applied within an archaeological context.

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Forensic Materials Science Applications in Archaeology. Emily Ellwood, Bill Schneck. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429849)

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min long: -122.168; min lat: 42.131 ; max long: -113.028; max lat: 49.383 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 15637