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Forensic Materials Science Applications in Archaeology

Author(s): Emily Ellwood ; Bill Schneck

Year: 2017

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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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Abstract Id(s): 15637

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America