A RAG System for the Management Forensic and Archaeological Searches of Burial Grounds
International Journal of Archaeology
Volume 3, Issue 1-1, January 2015, Pages: 1-8
Received: Sep. 1, 2014; Accepted: Sep. 17, 2014; Published: Oct. 29, 2014
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Alastair Ruffell, School of Geography, Archaeology & Palaeoecology, Queen’s University, Belfast, N. Ireland, UK, BT7 1NN
Sean McAllister, DiscoverEverAfter/SFM Engineering, 15A Main Street, Portglenone, County Antrim, N. Ireland, UK, BT44 8AA
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Abstract
Burial grounds are commonly surveyed and searched by both police/humanitarian search teams and archaeologists. One aspect of an efficient search is to establish areas free of recent internments to allow the concentration of assets in suspect terrain. While 100% surety in locating remains can never be achieved, the deployment of a red, amber green (RAG) system for assessment has proven invaluable to our surveys. The RAG system is based on a desktop study (including burial ground records), visual inspection (mounding, collapses) and use of geophysics (in this case, ground penetrating radar or GPR) for a multi-proxy assessment that provides search authorities an assessment of the state of inhumations and a level of legal backup for decisions they make on excavation or not (‘exit strategy’). The system is flexible and will be built upon as research continues.
Keywords
Burial Grounds, Clandestine Graves, RAG System, Ground-Penetrating Radar, Search
To cite this article
Alastair Ruffell, Sean McAllister, A RAG System for the Management Forensic and Archaeological Searches of Burial Grounds, International Journal of Archaeology. Special Issue: Archaeological Sciences. Vol. 3, No. 1-1, 2015, pp. 1-8. doi: 10.11648/j.ija.s.2015030101.11
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