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From Expert to Expert Witness: What Archaeologists Need to Know

  • 13 Oct 2022
  • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Virtual

From Expert to Expert Witness: What Archaeologists Need to Know

Program Instructor : Christopher Dore

Applying one’s archaeological expertise to the legal system as an expert witness is rewarding and provides the potential to assist in site protection. However, the legal system operates under a different set of rules and practices. Archaeologists often take on their first job as an expert witness without understanding the context, role, and rules of a legal expert. Without this understanding, archaeologists often end up having a stressful and unrewarding experience, being ineffective, and could have their professional reputations damaged. This seminar provides an introductory overview of the basic information need to successfully transfer one’s skills as an archaeological expert to those of an effective archaeological expert witness. Topics include qualifications, rules of evidence, contracts, best practices, marketing, reporting, communication, testimony, and ethics.


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