Monday, December 11, 2006

New video This just in from Pettigrew at The Archaeology Channel:
Friends and colleagues: Through forensic applications, archaeology
can be used directly as a tool in the pursuit of justice worldwide.
This use of archaeology is described in detail and in real cases by
Following Antigone: Forensic Anthropology and Human Rights
Investigations, the latest video feature on our nonprofit
streaming-media Web site, The Archaeology Channel

This film tells how forensic sciences and archaeology have been used
to investigate international human-rights abuses in trouble spots
around the world. The Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team (EAAF),
an international Non-governmental Organization (NGO), took footage of
forensic investigations they carried out in Argentina, El Salvador,
Ethiopia, Haiti, and East Timor in order to tell the story of what
they do. Exhumation and reburial sequences document the heavy
emotional toll befalling survivors and their families.

Still not sure how many trained archaeologists actualy do this work; most of it seems to be done by forensic anthro's using archaeological techniques to recover the remains.

UPDATE: It's a bit graphic in places and fairly emotional, but do watch it.