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Taphonomy of human remains

Tal Simmons and Mick Wysocki

This project aims to investigate the taphonomy of primarily human remains, drawing on our expertise in recovering bodies from a diverse range of archaeological and forensic contexts. The School of Forensic and Investigative Sciences is currently project-managing the acquisition of a field which will be used for taphonomic actualistic research on animal analogue carcasses and bone, the first of its kind in the UK. This experimental facility will enable us to understand the range of taphonomic processes involved in the creation of death assemblages in northern latitudes, an extremely useful resource for both archaeologists and forensic investigators dealing with human or animal remains.