Exhuming a mass grave
The role of researchers
In the last decade, international movements in support of human rights have worked to provide justice to civilians who have suffered violence at the hands of the State or armed groups. Across the globe, both judicial investigations and civic associations have promoted the exhumation of a multitude of mortal remains from these bloody conflicts, mostly held in mass graves. From Europe to Latin America, from Asia to Africa, professionals from different disciplines have worked together in teams and individually to identify remains, essential for achieving reparation for victims and their families and clarification of the crimes.
This current interactive project, a collaboration between faculty from the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the National Distance Education University (UNED) and researchers involved in the project at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) “The Politics of Memory in Contemporary Spain: Review of a Decade of Exhumations in Spain,” aims to explain to students and the general public the work of each of these professionals.