Dr Ian Hanson
Lecturer Forensic Archaeology
Forensic Centre for Science, Technology and Law,
School of Conservation Sciences,
Rm C136, Christchurch House,
Dorset, BH12 5BB.
Email: Ian Hanson
Ian Hanson is an archaeologist and forensic consultant. He read archaeology at Southampton University, Forestry Business Management at Aberdeen University, and is currently Lecturer in Forensic Archaeology at Bournemouth University.. He has worked as a professional rescue and research archaeologist since 1994, working on excavations in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
Since 1997 he has also employed his archaeological skills in forensics, specialising in location, excavation, surveying and management of mass graves and other crime scenes. Consulting for the United Nations, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (UN ICTY), Fundación de Antropología Forense de Guatemala (FAFG) and Kenyon International Emergency Services, he has spent over twenty four months in the field in Bosnia, Croatia, Guatemala, DR Congo, Iraq and Cyprus investigating genocide, war crimes and human rights cases. A member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and the Forensic Science Society, he teaches forensic archaeology for a criminal justice program at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Canton, NY and for the Masters programs at Bournemouth University. He also teaches archaeological method and directs a rescue excavation and field school, and lectures occasionally to professional groups and universities in the UK and USA.
As the Senior Forensic Archaeologist for the Inforce Foundation, he recently led the assessment team to Iraq and continues to develop management and fieldwork approaches for multi-disciplinary forensic teams.
His research interests include techniques and methodologies of archaeological excavation applicable to forensic settings, the movement of objects in soil, the archaeology of mass graves and the Mediterranean Neolithic.