BIOARCHAEOLOGY AND FORENSIC ANTHROPOLOGY
The discovery of skeletal remains during a construction project or even during a planned excavation can result in a sudden stoppage of work. ACI has an in house physical /forensic anthropologist and is prepared to quickly evaluate skeletal remains to determine if they are faunal or human remains.
If the remains are human we advise our client about the regulatory requirements and assist in communication with federal, state, and local agencies. Our goal is to ensure, as quickly as possible, the continuation of work by avoiding the designated area while the regulatory requirements are completed and a mitigation plan put into place.
In addition, our forensic anthropologist is experienced working with law enforcement, medical examiners, and coroner's office to determine the forensic significance of human remains and evaluate age, sex, ancestry (race), stature, individualizing characteristics, and trauma, in order to assist with personal identification and cause and manner of death. Our experience in the search and recovery of skeletal remains, the excavation of buried remains, as well as the collecting evidence during autopsy procedures is vital in such situations.
No destructive analytical procedures are used in the skeletal assessment of archaeological or forensic remains, although samples can be prepared for testing if additional analysis is necessary, including DNA or isotopic testing. ACI is highly sensitive to the issues that surround the handling and analysis of both archaeological and forensic materials.