Exhumation


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exhumation

[‚eks·yü′mā·shən]
(geology)
The uncovering or exposure through erosion of a former surface, landscape, or feature that had been buried by subsequent deposition.

Exhumation

 

the removal of a corpse from a burial site. According to Soviet law, a body may be exhumed at the request of an investigator, who must state the purpose of doing so: an investigatory view (or a second investigatory view) of the body, identification of the deceased by an acquaintance or an expert, or presentation of the body for primary, additional, or follow-up forensic expertise (medical, biological, or toxicological). The most frequent reason for exhumation is to examine a body that should have been subjected to forensic medical expertise owing to the circumstances of death but that was buried without an autopsy.

Witnesses, a forensic medical expert, and, if necessary, another specialist, such as a health inspector, are present at an exhumation. The investigator prepares a protocol of the exhumation, which includes photographs of the grave, gravestone, coffin, and corpse.

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Kallis explained that, as with each exhumation, there are particularities and challenges.
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Before the exhumation begins, and at the family's request, a minister will conduct a brief graveside blessing for both Mrs Berry and the as yet unidentified remains, as well as the two people buried in the same plot, the respective families of whom we have been unable to identify and inform.
The exhumation will tell us whether her bones were intact or all smashed.
The foundation that guards his legacy said in a statement that it had been informed by the authorities of the exhumation plans a few days ago.
The evidence was strong enough for the North West Wales coroner to sign an exhumation certificate.
The exhumation began before dawn yesterday, under the cover of huge sheets of blue tarpaulin draped over Arafat's mausoleum in his former government compound in the West Bank city of Ramallah.
The exhumation began before dawn, under the cover of huge sheets of blue tarpaulin draped over Arafat's mausoleum in his former government compound in the West Bank city of Ramallah.
The exhumation began early Tuesday, under the cover of huge blue sheets of tarpaulin that have been draped around Arafat's mausoleum in his former government compound in the West Bank city of Ramallah.
Arafat's family members had earlier said that the exhumation would probably go ahead on Monday.