Researchers are developing new techniques to find hidden graves. They say it would help locate the remains of a lone murder victim or the mass graves of victims of war. The research has been presented at the Meeting of the Americas in Cancun, Mexico, co-sponsored by the American Geophysical Union.
Jamie Pringle Said, “There are thousands of missing people around the world that could have been tortured and killed and buried in clandestine graves.” Pringle is a lecturer in geoscience at Britain’s Keele University.
“It’s important for families obviously to find their relatives – to give them closure – so they can find out what happened to them and give them someone to bury. But of course also it’s really difficult to get a successful criminal conviction without a body. It does happen, but normally it’s more unusual. You get charged with something like illegal deposition of a body or preventing a proper funeral, things like that,” he said.
He said that there have been a number of missing child cases in Britain where this has happened. It can be just as hard to locate mass graves of people who disappeared during wars.
1.exhumation n. 发掘；尸体发掘；掘尸
He broadcast the exhumation live on state TV.
2.clandestine adj. 秘密的，私下的；偷偷摸摸的
She is the director of clandestine operations of the CIA.
3.geoscience n. 地球科学
The study appears in the journal Nature Geoscience.
4.deposition n. 沉积物；矿床；革职
A thick deposition of mud covered the field.