Pringle, J, Stimpson, IG, Wisniewski, K, Heaton, V, Davenward, B, Mirosch, N, Spencer, F and Jervis, J (2021) Geophysical monitoring of simulated clandestine burials of murder victims to aid forensic investigators. Geology Today, 37 (2). 62 - 67 (6). ISSN 0266-6979

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Locating murder victims buried within clandestine graves is one of the most important and difficult challenges for forensic search teams. This article details how applied geoscientists have been geophysically monitoring simulated clandestine burials, using pig cadavers as human proxies, for over 10 years, in order to discover the best geophysical methods to detect cadavers and how this might change over time. Low frequency ground penetrating radar and electrical resistivity methods could both locate the burials throughout the survey period, with winter/spring surveys producing better data and the style of burial also found to be important.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the accepted author manuscript (AAM). The final published version (version of record) is available online via Wiley at; - please refer to any applicable terms of use of the publisher.
Uncontrolled Keywords: clandestine burial, geophysics, GPR, resistivity, forensic
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA1001 Forensic Medicine. Medical jurisprudence. Legal medicine
R Medicine > RB Pathology
Divisions: Faculty of Natural Sciences > School of Geography, Geology and the Environment
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2021 09:47
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2022 01:30

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