AECOM has assembled a team of forensic anthropology experts who specialize in assisting clients with a range of bioarchaeology services, among which are the interpretation of accidental discoveries (whether modern or historic) and the definition of remains as human or non-human. The AECOM bioarchaeology team is well versed in skeletal anatomy and is trained to conduct preliminary osteological assessments, including the determination of age at death, gender, and gross pathologies of interred remains in the course of active cemetery investigations. Subsequent detailed forensic analysis of remains can confirm field results and provide an additional wealth of information about the deceased, such as stature and race, and can identify clues as to profession or repetitive activities through mechanical stress indicators. On several occasions, AECOM forensic specialists have been able to identify previously unknown individuals through the analysis of their skeletal remains. AECOM has also provided expert testimony in both criminal and civil court situations.
More detailed studies are led by AECOM bioanthropologist Dr. Thomas A. Crist. Dr. Crist is an adjunct member of AECOM archaeological staff and an Associate Professor of Anatomy and Anthropology at Utica College in Utica, NY. Since 1990 he has served as the Forensic Anthropologist for the Philadelphia Medical Examiner's Office, and he is currently a member of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team (DMORT). Dr. Crist is a nationally recognized expert in forensic anthropology, bioarchaeology, and paleopathological diagnosis.