(Association for Forensic Archaeology; Vienna, Austria)
Abstract: In March 1945, nearly 200 Jewish concentration camp prisoners were killed in a small town at the Hungarian boarder. Until now, the mass grave or mass graves were not localized. The ministry of the interior started a searching campaign in the year 2005. The Geographical Institute and the Institute for Prehistoric Archaeology of the University of Vienna were engaged for the field survey.
After collecting data, doing geophysical and areal prospection three hot spots were located.
In October 2005 95 bore holes were drilled at the site. The drill cores were analysed and stored in buckets. After seven days six cadaver dogs were sent to the site to examine the holes and the buckets. At every hot spot several dogs signalled great interest. The bore hole samples were filtered, floated and analysed. One bore hole contained a textile trace, three holes tissue.
In 2006 excavations were made at the 3 hotspots. The mass grave(s) was not found, but for the first time cadaver dogs were used for archaeological survey in Austria.
The paper will show where the dogs can help and where their limitations are.
Keywords: Searching Mass Grave; World War II; Cadaver Dogs; First Time in Austria