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Talk highlights relics’ forensic role

An expert in battlefield archaeology will tell a University event how historic evidence can assist modern forensic investigations.

Professor Douglas Scott will speak as part of the Munro Lecture Series on Thursday, 23 November at the Meadows Lecture Theatre.

Professor Scott will present examples that illustrate how techniques he uses can support forensic and international human rights investigations.

He will also highlight how physical evidence found at historic battlefields can build a more complete understanding of past events.

Event details

Shot and Shell Tell the Tale: Battlefield and Conflict Archaeology as Aids to Understand the Past and Assist in Modern Forensic Investigations

Meadows Lecture Theatre, Doorway 4

Thursday, 23 November

5:30 – 6:30pm

The event is not ticketed and a drinks reception will follow

Enlightening lecture

Although of conflict are almost as old as warfare itself, systematic archaeological investigations of battle sites is a relatively new discipline – just over 30 years old.

Professor Scott will outline research that is changing the way in which conflict and war are studied using archaeological methods. 

Site specific studies, and detailed artifact analyses are central to battlefield archaeology. Archaeologists are using data to bring a greater insight and understanding specific past events and conflict in general. 

Noted expert

In 2006, Professor Scott retired from U.S. National Park Service after more than 30 years.

He is currently a Visiting Research Scientist at Colorado Mesa University. Professor Scott is noted for his expertise in battlefield archeology and firearms identification, having worked on more than 40 conflict sites.

He has also been involved with human rights and forensic investigations since the early 1990s.

The Munro Trust

Edinburgh graduate and celebrated medical practitioner, Dr Robert Munro established the Munro Trust in 1910.

A keen archaeologist, he retired from practice in 1885, at 50 years of age, to devote himself to the subject.

He established the lecture series to bring scholars from across the globe to Edinburgh so that they could share their expertise on anthropology and archaeology.

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