Sequential monitoring of burials containing large pig cadavers using ground-penetrating radar
Abbreviated Journal Title
J. Forensic Sci.
forensic science; ground-penetrating radar; forensic anthropology; forensic archaeology; pig cadavers; EXAMPLE; SEARCH; GRAVES; Medicine, Legal
Ground-penetrating radar (GPR) was used to monitor 12 pig burials in Florida, each of which contained a large pig cadaver. Six of the cadavers were buried in sand at a depth of 0.50-0.60 m, and the other six were buried at a depth of 1.00-1.10 m and were in contact with the upper surface of a clay horizon. Control excavations with no pig internment were also constructed as blank graves and monitored with GPR. The burials were monitored with GPR for durations of either 12-13 or 21-21.5 months when they were then excavated to correlate the decomposition state of the cadaver with the GPR imagery. Overall, cadavers in sand were easily detected for the duration of this study at 21.5 months, even when completely skeletonized. Conversely, in clay it became increasingly difficult to image the pig cadavers over the first year of burial, even when they still retained extensive soft tissue structures.
Journal of Forensic Sciences
"Sequential monitoring of burials containing large pig cadavers using ground-penetrating radar" (2006). Faculty Bibliography 2000s. 6558.