Title

Forensic Archaeology: Utilization of Resources and Strategies in Order for the Accurate Identifcation of Skeletal Remains

School Name

South Carolina Governor's School for Science & Mathematics

Grade Level

12th Grade

Presentation Topic

Sociology

Presentation Type

Mentored

Oral Presentation Award

2nd Place

Abstract

There are many clues surrounding the death of unknown persons left behind by time. This summer, Sean Taylor, along with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and myself, excavated the site of death of an individual discovered on the coast of the Georgetown County Area, recovering local artifacts within close proximity of the remains such as scraps of preserved clothing and porcelain buttons. This research set out to contrast the analysis of the remains of the individual and the corresponding recovered artifacts against the historical records of natural incidents and missing persons of the presumed time of death. This was done in order to offer an educated guess about the identity of the person in question. Experts such as forensic anthropologists, the Richland County coroner, local police officers, and textile analysts were involved in these efforts.

Location

Founders Hall 251 A

Start Date

3-30-2019 9:30 AM

Presentation Format

Oral Only

Group Project

No

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Mar 30th, 9:30 AM

Forensic Archaeology: Utilization of Resources and Strategies in Order for the Accurate Identifcation of Skeletal Remains

Founders Hall 251 A

There are many clues surrounding the death of unknown persons left behind by time. This summer, Sean Taylor, along with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and myself, excavated the site of death of an individual discovered on the coast of the Georgetown County Area, recovering local artifacts within close proximity of the remains such as scraps of preserved clothing and porcelain buttons. This research set out to contrast the analysis of the remains of the individual and the corresponding recovered artifacts against the historical records of natural incidents and missing persons of the presumed time of death. This was done in order to offer an educated guess about the identity of the person in question. Experts such as forensic anthropologists, the Richland County coroner, local police officers, and textile analysts were involved in these efforts.