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(EurekAlert)   Forensic archaeology: The soil AROUND ancient skeletal remains may hold more information than the bones themselves   (eurekalert.org) divider line 22
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2013-08-12 09:10:49 AM  
Says someone who's never watched NCIS.
 
2013-08-12 09:53:05 AM  
Dr. Brennan would strongly disagree.
 
2013-08-12 09:53:22 AM  
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2013-08-12 10:10:05 AM  
This is a grave finding.
 
2013-08-12 10:13:00 AM  
So we go from mystical golden artifacts, to broken pots and trash, and now just plain dirt. Thanks for taking the mystique out of archaeology, folks. I miss Indiana Jones totally wrecking a Mayan temple with working solar sensitive traps just to get a golden idol.
 
2013-08-12 10:21:28 AM  

BunkoSquad: This is a grave finding.


*budda-boom-ching*
 
2013-08-12 10:23:56 AM  
Made me think of the this freaky flick.

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2013-08-12 10:27:19 AM  
So now graver robbers will just steal the dirt?
 
2013-08-12 10:40:25 AM  

groppet: So now graver robbers will just steal the dirt?




Not until after they get grant money and stick it in a museum.
 
2013-08-12 11:27:58 AM  
Next season on Fox: "DIRT"
 
2013-08-12 11:30:43 AM  

BunkoSquad: This is a grave finding.


Make no bones about it.
 
2013-08-12 11:53:05 AM  
What about this soil?? Landing strips for gay martians!!

http://soildatamart.nrcs.usda.gov/manuscripts/IA153/0/polk.pdf
 
2013-08-12 11:53:41 AM  
"Concerning past archaeological excavations it is appalling to think about all the soil that archaeologists have wheel barrowed away for more than a century - if we had samples of this soil, we would have access to a lot of important information", he says.

Taking soil samples in an attempt to reconstruct past environments is pretty much standard practice in archaeology and has been for decades. Opportunities to apply soil analysis in forensic contexts, however, are less common. As Rasmussen points out in TFA, groundwater dilutes the compounds in the soil over time, and a lot of what you'd be looking for in terms of poisons or other ingested solids/fluids simply aren't going to be there due to taphonomic processes. This is a cool example of how a very specific technique helped in a very specific context, but it's not like forensic archaeologists are going to lose sleep because thousands of cases have gone unsolved due to a lack of soil samples.

/forensic archaeologist
//dead people smell bad
 
2013-08-12 12:27:05 PM  

WippitGuud: BunkoSquad: This is a grave finding.

Make no bones about it.


Of corpse it is.
 
2013-08-12 01:42:21 PM  
Dear Morons:

It's just called archaeology.  How the hell can you do forensic archaeology?  Digging shiat out of the ground is by definition archaeology.
 
2013-08-12 02:10:44 PM  

halB: Dear Morons:

It's just called archaeology.  How the hell can you do forensic archaeology?  Digging shiat out of the ground is by definition archaeology.


No,scooping dirt and items out of the ground is called digging. Carefully removing soil and items using scientific methods is Archaeology..

/Archaeologist
//High trowel to everlastinggobstopper
 
2013-08-12 02:21:21 PM  
Forensic archaeology describes the goal of the inquiry, and is often deployed with respect to modern crimes and plane crashes.  Archaeology is far broader, and involves many kinds of analysis beyond digging such as palaeopathology, archaeomalacology, isotope and other chemical analyses, etc.

I work in the Near East, mainly on Epipaleolithic to Neolithic transition sites. At such an early period, people hadn't yet figured out how to burn dirt to make ceramic, much less anything of metal.  Specialist anayses are mandatory to glean any kind of information from the remnants of prehistoric lifeways.
 
2013-08-12 02:40:54 PM  

halB: Dear Morons:

It's just called archaeology.  How the hell can you do forensic archaeology?  Digging shiat out of the ground is by definition archaeology.


A simple google search for 'forensic archaeology definition' would have saved you from looking like such a jackass.
 
2013-08-12 06:20:06 PM  
You can track the Lewis and Clark expedition by the heavy metal laxatives they consumed the entire trip.

http://www.offbeatoregon.com/H1006d_BiliousPills.html
 
2013-08-13 06:34:08 AM  
Skeletons have dirty secrets.
 
2013-08-13 02:16:58 PM  
In the future it will be Botox & silicone they find in the soil...
 
2013-08-13 07:12:30 PM  

maniacbastard: You can track the Lewis and Clark expedition by the heavy metal laxatives they consumed the entire trip.


That's awesome.
 
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