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A Non-Invasive Search Tool to Locate Human Remains, Specializing in Historic and Prehistoric Burials

Canines trained to alert on specific scents have long been utilized in law enforcement, U.S. Customs, the military and search and rescue work.  The Historical Human Remains Detection (HHRD) canine is the newest in the evolution of detection canines. Its training and certification make it a unique resource available for the purpose of assisting in the search for historical and prehistoric graves.

The dog's nose is a unique tool that can aid in locating burials. It can be utilized by archaeologists who use a wide range of multidisciplinary techniques to locate historic and prehistoric burials. The specifically trained HHRD dog is an additional tool that can be layered to collaborate with other methods of detection.

ICF canine resources have been requested by cultural resource management firms, archaeologists, American Indian tribes, construction companies, federal, state and local agencies, cemetery preservation foundations and families looking to locate lost family cemeteries.

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IN SEARCH OF
AMELIA EARHART

Exclusive: Bone-Sniffing Dogs to Hunt for Amelia Earhart's Remains

By Rachel Hartigan Shea, PUBLISHED June 21, 2017

In what may be the best chance yet to learn the famous aviator's fate, forensic dogs are headed to a Pacific island to search for her bones.

Nearly 80 years ago, on July 2, 1937, Amelia Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan took off from Lae, New Guinea, in a Lockheed Electra 10E on one of the last legs of their around-the-world flight. They were aiming for tiny Howland Island just north of the equator. They couldn't find it, and despite many attempts, no one has been able to find them.

The U.S. Coast Guard and Navy scoured the area by ship and plane for two weeks. George Putnam, Earhart's husband, enlisted civilian mariners to continue the hunt. Over the years, enthusiasts have looked for signs of Earhart or her plane in the Marshall Islands, on Saipan, and deep underwater...

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CLICK HERE to check out the National Geographic IN SEARCH OF AMELIA EARHART page for more articles by Rachel Hartigan Shea, the writer for National Geographic Magazine who journeyed to Nikumaroro, Kiribati with the dogs, and other articles about Amelia Earhart from the National Geographic Archives.

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to check out the TIGHAR website for additional information and the Daily Reports from the 2017 Niku IX Search for Amelia Earhart.

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NEW STUDY BY THE US ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS REPORTS ON THE EFFECTIVENESS OF HHRD DOG TEAMS IN LOCATING UNMARKED HUMAN BURIALS.

Guidance on the Use of Historic Human Remains Detection Dogs for Locating Unmarked Cemeteries


BY CAREY L. BAXTER AND MICHAEL L. HARGRAVE, December 2015

"A recent development in non-invasive grave location techniques is the use of Historic Human Remains Detection (HHRD) dogs. These dogs are specially trained to detect the scent of buried human bones. Proponents of this techniques claim the dogs can differentiate between human and animal bones and can detect graves exceeding 100 years of age and located up to 6 feet beneath the surface. Determining the effectiveness of HHRD dog surveys is problematic because ground truthing is rarely allowed. This report describes a scientific study testing the effectiveness of HHRD dogs and comparing HHRD dog results against geophysical survey results at multiple, unmarked, burial sites..." Report Number ERDC/CERL TR-15-36

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