This project serves as a teaching tool focusing on cranial and postcranial variations that are not well represented in digital archives. Forensic science methodology has been continuously pushed to be more accurate and consistent in scoring protocols, something that takes practice and experience. With new methodology comes inconsistencies of application, an issue that could be partially rectified by this online learning tool. 3D MMS allows for in-depth method instruction through a new, interactive medium allowing students to see these visual 3D traits alongside the previously conceived trait definitions.
This website highlights the project carried out by the Georgian Association of Forensic Anthropology (GAFA). The Georgian Recovery, Documentation, and Identification Project (GRDIP) is an American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Humanitarian and Human Rights Resource Center (HHRRC) funded project aimed to identify individuals excavated from mass graves killed during the Soviet-Era Terror. I have worked closely with the GAFA & GRDIP teams to create this website to their specifications.
Combo MaMD Analytical uses an artificial neural network (aNN) to classify an unknown cranium and postcranium into a reference group. The cranial reference data are housed in the Macromorphoscopic Databank, established in 2018 by Dr. Joseph Hefner. The postcranial reference data are housed by myself.