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Body Farm 2009: Student Uses a Probe to Locate Bodies
A student uses a probe to locate buried bodies. Possible locations are flagged for more thorough investigation. In addition to probes, students search the ground for depressions and subtle changes in vegetation and soil color that may be evidence of a recent burial site.
Body Farm 2009: Students Inspect Maggots
Students inspect maggots to determine their age. Pinpointing the age and development stage of a maggot can help investigators make determinations about a body’s decomposition.
Body Farm 2009: Students Excavate a Site
Students use hand tools like trowels and brushes to excavate a site.
Body Farm 2009: Remains Uncovered
Remains uncovered during one of the excavations.
Body Farm 2009: Students Measure Excavation Site
Students take measurements at their excavation site. The process of excavation, from discovery to removal, took two days, since all digging is performed by hand to preserve potential evidence.
Body Farm 2009: Map of Bodies
A map shows the location of bodies on the Body Farm. There are about 70 bodies on the site.
Body Farm 2009: Student Looks at Excavated Skull
A student looks at a skull excavated from a site as a forensic anthropologist describes what clues can be culled from the bones.
Body Farm 2009: Sketch of Remains
Students prepare sketches during the excavation process. Excavation sites are divided into segments, and detailed records are kept about the locations of bones and other materials discovered during the recovery process. In this case, shell casings were discovered in the burial site.
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