The Application of Archaeological Techniques to Forensic Fire Scenes

  • Karl HarrisonEmail author


In a UK context, forensic archaeology has remained focused on the search for and excavation of clandestine burials. There are, however, other areas of integration between archaeology and criminalistics that have yet to be exploited. One such area is the forensic fire scene. This chapter aims to provide a brief discussion of the interrelationships between archaeological practice, the scientific understanding of the nature of structural fire dynamics, and the current practice of UK fire investigators. By drawing these disciplines together, it seeks to suggest means by which archaeology might be adapted to suit the needs of the forensic fire scene.


Fire scene Arson Fire debris Fire origin Excavation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Wellcome Centre for Ethics and HumanitiesUniversity of OxfordOxfordUK

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