Interrogating the Ground: An Archaeologist at a Crime Scene

  • Tomasz BorkowskiEmail author
  • Maciej Trzciński
Part of the Soil Forensics book series (SOFO)


Nescire autem quid ante natus sis acciderit, id est semper esse puerum. Quid enim est aetas homini, nisi ea memoria rerum veterum cum superiorum aetate contexitur? (Cicero 46 BC).

This paper deals with essential issues associated with Polish forensic archaeology, ones which are closely linked with recent history. Hence, the vast majority of actions undertaken concern the search for victims of crimes against peace, humanity and war crimes, with a particular focus on crimes committed by the communist regime. Polish forensic archaeology, in terms of the tasks which it faces, differs from the Western European countries, where archaeological methods are used primarily to search for murder victims and the concealed proceeds of crime, as well as to perform visual inspections of mass disaster scenes.


Forensic archaeology Communist regime Poland 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of National RemembranceWarsawPoland
  2. 2.Faculty of Law, Administration and Economics, Department of Forensic SciencesUniversity of WrocławWrocławPoland

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