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Body Farms: Nauseating or Necessary?
11 November, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm£9.50
People tend to be either repulsed or fascinated by the idea of dead bodies being left out in a field and allowed to rot. For some, this sounds like the ultimate indignity. For others, who appreciate the potential value of the corpses for forensic research, this presents an interesting alternative to burial or cremation. This talk will explore the use of specialist outdoor laboratories called ‘taphonomy facilities’, often referred to as ‘body farms’, for forensic research and criminal investigations. It will look at the myriad of different research that is being done and could be done on such facilities. It will also discuss some of the social, legal and ethical issues surrounding the establishment of taphonomy facilities and consider their future in the UK and abroad.