Akron Physics Club
Meeting Announcement: MONDAY, November 28, 2016 - TANGIER, 6:00 PM
Dr. Timothy Matney, Professor of Archaeology, University of Akron
will be speaking on:
An Archaeological Application of Shallow Subsurface Spectroscopy in the Discovery of Unmarked Human Graves
The main Speaker will be: Dr. Timothy Matney, a Professor of Archeology at The University of Akron. He has over 25 years of field experience excavating and conducting geophysical surveys in Turkey, Syria, Iraq, Israel, Azerbaijan, India, England, and the US. His most recent excavation project was an 18-year-long excavation of an Assyrian city in Turkey dated between 900-600 BC
One persistent problem facing law enforcement is the recovery of hidden or clandestine human burials in homicide cases. Testimonial evidence can often place a grave within a broad area, but the location of a body is forensic necessary evidence for court proceedings. Traditional forms of prospection for such burials include visual surface survey and the use of cadaver dogs. Our project aims to add a new tool to the criminal justice toolkit by developing prospection equipment capable of detecting shallow subsurface human burials by use of spectroscopic analysis of in situ soils. In particular, we hope that the detection of human decay products, such as fatty acids, in the soils surrounding human burials might provide a useful tool for the law enforcement community.
Before this main presentation, William Jack will update us on his trajectory and latest endeavors since he presented to us a talk on his home-made fusion furnace a few years ago when he was in high school. He since went to M.I.T. and founded a west-coast start-up company.
Minutes, November 28, 2016