Scattered Episode 02: Interview with Dr. Alexandria Young

Dr. Alexandria Young is a forensic archaeologist. She obtained her PhD with the study entitled, “An Investigation of patterns of mammalian scavenging in relation to vertebrate skeletal remains in a Northwestern European context: forensic applications”, from Bournemouth University in 2013. In this episode we talk about:

  • Alexandria’s journey to doing a PhD on scattered and scavenged remains
  • The existence and evidence of scavenging hierarchies
  • Evidence that training in species-typical scavenging behaviour can dramatically increase discovery rates of remains
  • The story behind scattered and scavenged remains is a gap in research
  • The inclusionary and interdisciplinary perspective of archaeology and its potential to contribute to forensic science

You can find her publications here:

PhD thesis: http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/21203/ 

“In publication” versions of journal articles:  
http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/24652/1/Young_A_BiteMarks_Paper_US_revised.pdf
http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/23289/1/Young_A_Search_Paper_2015_April.pdf
http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/22463/4/Young_A_policesurvey.pdf
http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/22464/4/Young_A_canidmustelidscavenging_Paper_July2013_us.pdf
http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/24653/4/Young_A_Scavenging_Paper_2013_US.pdf

Do you have a search story to share? I’d love to hear it.

Published by reluctantarchaeologist

I used to be an archaeologist. I guess, in a lot of ways, I still am and always was. I like to dig -- into human nature. It's dirty work, and I often don't like what I dig up. It used to be stone tools and other assorted artifacts, now it's often the truth or more questions. However, the digging is always enlightening and I always end up knowing more than when I started out.

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