Friday, July 18, 2008

A grave job for student archaeologists
A grim inevitability about many recent conflicts is the discovery of mass graves, requiring the expertise of forensic archaeologists. Bournemouth University runs the only course of its kind in the world, where students uncover a simulated mass grave.

On a patch of waste ground, under a white tent to keep off the driving rain, a team of three, dressed in forensic investigators' white suits, carefully brush away the earth surrounding a pile of bones.

It looks very similar to any other forensic investigation - photographers are taking pictures, and in other tents, teams are working on other remains.