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Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology

Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology

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September 05th 2012:Forensic Archaeology in Iraq: The Iraq Mass Grave Team and the Prosecution of Saddam Hussein (2004-2008)

In the wake of the overthrow of Saddam Hussein’s regime in Iraq, the extent of a systematic campaign of mass exterminations was exposed by the United States and subsequent Iraqi authorities. Shortly after the occupation began, the Iraq Mass Graves Team (IMGT) was mobilized by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Regime Crimes Liaison Office in Baghdad to undertake a large-scale exhumation and forensic analysis mission. The objective was to collect evidence in support of the prosecutions of former regime leaders. The 2007-8 trial of Saddam Hussein was structured, in large part, by the results of th

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Michael S. (Sonny) Trimble

Michael S. (Sonny) Trimble is the Chief of the Curation and Archives Analysis Branch, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), St. Louis District. He is also the Director of the Veterans Curation Program (VCP). Sonny received his Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Missouri, Columbia . His specialties include North American archaeology, archaeological forensics, collections and archives management, and GIS. Sonny’s group assisted the Department of Justice for 2.5 years on a Presidential mission to gather and analyze forensic data documenting murder and crimes against humanity carried out by Iraq’s former regime under Saddam Hussein. The results of these scientific investigations and r
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