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A Multidisciplinary Approach

Beginning in 2003, Paul saw the benefits that Human Remains Detection (HRD) canines could provide to the archaeological survey process with their ability to cover areas quickly and to be focused strictly on detecting the odor of human decomposition. Working with Archaeologists and K9 Handlers, a set of best practice recommendations were developed on how to best utilize these 4-legged biosensors to the best of their abilities. Starting in 2010, Paul began partnering the work of the K9s with the results provided from ground-penetrating radar (GPR) and magnetic gradiometry to gain a better understanding of what lies beneath the surface. 
Human Remains Detection K9s, are detector dogs that have been specially trained to offer a specific behavior in the detection of human decomposition odor. The K9s and handlers used in our surveys have years of experience and training and are certified in human remains detection per the recommendations of SWGDOG.
When deployed in the field the K9s and their human counterparts are outfitted with GPS so that their survey activities can determine the percentage of coverage. Any trained responses will be recorded so that the response can be followed up on. 
Our teams have worked on three continents (Asia and Europe with History Flight, Inc. and throughout the United States for various governmental agencies at all levels and for select non-government organizations. 

K9 Ziva, working with History Flight in their mission to locate and recover MIA's from WWII in Germany.

Equipment and Technology Commonly Used

  • Bartington Grad601

  • Drones


  • FLIR Infrared Cameras

  • Google Earth

  • Juniper Systems Geode Sub-Meter GPS

  • Total Stations

  • QGIS

  • Sensors and Software EkkoProject

  • Sensors and Software Noggin GPR

  • TerraSurveyor


Bartington gradiometry survey in Belgium in May of 2019.

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