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Title: Guidance on the use of Historic Human Remains Detection dogs for locating unmarked cemeteries
Authors: United States. Department of Defense. Legacy Resources Management Program
Baxter, Carey L.
Hargrave, Michael L.
Keywords: Archaeological research
Historic archaeology
Native American cemeteries
Historic human remains detection (HHRD) dogs Unmarked burial sites
Cultural resources
Cultural management
Publisher: Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Description: Technical Report
Abstract: Human burial sites form a unique class of archeological site. Local civilian populations tend to have strong emotional ties to historic cemeteries, and Native American cemeteries are given special protection under federal law. Standard operating procedures on most (if not all) government installations is to identify and protect (in situ) all known locations of human burials. The location of many cemeteries, however, is unknown due to a lack of recognizable visual cues such as grave markers. Because the sites must be investigated without excavation, archaeologists have traditionally used geophysical survey as a noninvasive technique to locate lost cemeteries. A recent development in noninvasive grave location techniques is the use of Historic Human Remains Detection (HHRD) dogs. These dogs are specially trained to detect the scent of buried human bones. Proponents of this techniques claim the dogs can differentiate between human and animal bones and can detect graves exceeding 100 years of age and located up to 6 feet beneath the surface. Determining the effectiveness of HHRD dog surveys is problematic because ground truthing is rarely allowed. This report describes a scientific study testing the effectiveness of HHRD dogs and comparing HHRD dog results against geophysical survey results at multiple, unmarked, burial sites.
Rights: Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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