Challenging Aircraft Crash Sites: Excavating Deep and Wide

Author(s): Penny D Minturn

Year: 2017


The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) is tasked with the recovery of missing crew from aircraft crash sites around the world.  In many of these cases the excavation for the recovery of the aircraft requires a deep excavation.  Scientific methods utilized especially for deep excavation have been developed over the last 100 years of archaeological method and theory (most especially within the realm of Cultural Resource Management) and can be applied to the work at DPAA.  Whether the aircraft crashed on the side of a steep mountain in SE Asia or in a flat cornfield in Europe, the basic physical constraints of deep excavation are the same.  This paper provides the framework for how DPAA meshes the scientific method, the physical constraints, and the ultimate goal of our mission (to return missing service men) into a safe and workable plan.

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Challenging Aircraft Crash Sites: Excavating Deep and Wide. Penny D Minturn. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Fort Worth, TX. 2017 ( tDAR id: 435115)


Temporal Keywords
20th Century

Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 561