Outdoor taphonomy facility
Keele's DEFRA-approved outdoor taphonomy facility includes various burial scenarios that are used for teaching, research and training. These include simulated clandestine burials of murder victims in both earth-cut and below patio graves, buried metallic objects of forensic interest and six 2,000L water tanks for aquatic decomposition studies.
A variety of long-term monitoring projects are ongoing within the site that are available for teaching and research projects, the longest being earth-cut graves dug in 2007. Our geophysical monitoring research paper details the first 10 years of results.
A domestic patio has also been simulated with Sus scrofa and a variety of forensic objects that can be detected. Our geophysical monitoring research paper details initial results.
Aquatic forensic research
|Within the facility, there are six 2,000L water tanks with pumps that can be used for various taphonomic teaching and research projects.|
|Keele has a variety of lakes that can be used to trial forensic object detection techniques and we have developed a bespoke aquatic forensic geophysics capability for water search.|
|An EMLID dGPS base station is permanently installed on a nearby building, only the second known globally at a UK HE, which allows sub-cm positional accuracy for campus-based spatial positioning.|
Lennard-Jones School of Chemical and Physical Sciences
ST5 5BG, UK
Phone (School Office): +44 (0)1782 733033, (Chemistry): +44 (0)1782 731693, (Forensic Science): +44 (0)1782 731694, (Physics): +44 (0)1782 733527