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
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.
A RAG System for the Management Forensic and Archaeological Searches of Burial Grounds, International Journal of Archaeology. Special Issue: Archaeological Sciences.
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