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Archaeology and CSI: from the theory to the practice

October 14, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm CEST

Auriana Auditorium – American University of Rome
Via Pietro Roselli 4
Rome, RM 00153 Italy

What is the relationship between Sherlock Holmes, Horacio Caine, Temperance “Bones” Brennan and Archaeology? What is the role of Archaeology at crime scenes?
Why the CSI effect is so relevant during forensic investigations?
To celebrate the International Archaeology Day, AUR organizes a lecture in which it will be illustrated the importance of Archaeology at crime scenes to help forensic investigations, and a mock crime scene in which the public will be involved.
Forensic Archaeology combines remote sensing, archaeological, taphonomic, and
criminalistic knowledge to localize, document, and interpret forensic evidences and patterns at a crime scene. Less famous, but equally important, is the employment of forensic archeologists to prove the origin of archaeological finds and works of art
subjected to clandestine excavations and illegal trafficking, to draw up expert
opinions, and assessments of damage to cultural heritage and archaeological finds
and confiscated artworks.
Differently from the “pure” Archeology, Forensic Archaeology works in a legal
context, in many countries, with different legal systems but sharing common grounds.
The main point of this discipline is the ability to cooperate among scientists of
different disciplines and law enforcers, trying to sort out forensic evidences and to solve a case.

“The simplest solution is most likely the right one.”
William of Ockham

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October 14, 2019
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm CEST
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Pier Matteo Barone


Auriana Auditorium – American University of Rome
Via Pietro Roselli 4
Rome, RM 00153 Italy
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