Techniques, subjects and themes
Agriculture | Archaeobotany | Archaeological Survey | Archaeological Theory | Art History | Artefact Analysis | Audio-visual media | Biological Anthropology | Buildings | Community Archaeology | Conflict Archaeology | Conservation | Cultural Heritage | Dendrochronology | Empires | Environment & Climate | Evolutionary Theory | Experimental | Field | Forensic | Geoarchaeology | GIS | History of Archaeology | Human Evolution | Hunting & Herding | Landscape | Lithic Analysis | Maritime | Materials Analysis | Mathematical Modelling | Museum Studies | Photography | Production & Exchange | Public Archaeology | Public Engagement | Ritual & Religion | Site Management | States & Urbanism | Statistical Analysis | Zooarchaeology
Forensic archaeology and anthropology are two disciplines used by police forces to aid in crime investigation. Particularly forensic archaeology is applied where a search, location and retrieval of a body or bodies is needed within an gamut of contexts including homicides, human rights abuses, mass disasters and missing individuals, thereby exhuming from single or mass graves, and searching on surface. At the mortuary, forensic anthropology is applied to identify those bodies that cannot be conventionally identified as in severely burnt bodies, skeletonised, dismembered or badly decomposed by analysing the skeletal tissue. For a successful legal outcome both disciplines should work hand in hand. By being placed in London, students at the Institute of Archaeology have the opportunity to view and handle reference collections housed in various institutions and have lectures delivered by experienced members of the London Metropolitan Police and London fire brigade. The Institute of Archaeology conducts a mock crime scene each year for students to implement their skills.