Scavenging Study

Why do remains scatter?

Where the heck do all the bones go?

Is there any hope of recovering the bones so we can identify the person, catch the bad person, and give the next of kin closure?

These are the foundational questions behind the cross-Canada Scavenging Study, started by Dr. Shari Forbes. I am the anthropologist working on the Alberta portion of this study. We’re investigating factors involved in the scattering of remains, like scavenger activity, and hope to discover patterns in the way the remains are scattered.

If we can find patterns, forensic investigations can then:

  • increase their recovery rate of scattered potential forensic evidence
  • increase the likelihood of identifying the deceased
  • increase the likelihood of closing the case, and
  • increase the amount of remains returned to the next of kin.

Sounds pretty good, right? We think so too.

Check out the videos below to see what we’ve discovered so far.

Yvonne Kjorlien: Host, Producer & Writer

I’m a physical anthropologist and archaeologist who studies scattered and scavenged remains. This is an undervalued and understudied topic. I hope this podcast will help people understand the importance of researching and being trained in scavenged and scattered remains.

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