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Investigating forensics

Investigating forensics

Excavation Overview

 Recover / Excavation Overview

You have successfully located the gravesite.  The next step is the excavation.

Excavation is destructive so you need to work carefully and document what you find. As you dig, you must pay attention to the layers of soil (called strata) and the evidence in each layer. This tells you how the grave was constructed and the timing of events related to it.

A principle called 'stratigraphy' says that layers of soil form like the layers of a cake, one after the other. Logically, this means that the lowest layer forms first and each subsequent layer forms after. As the forensic archaeologist, you will use this information to determine the order of events at the scene and reconstruct their timing relative to one another.