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Archaeologist Will Speak on Iraqi Mass Graves Excavation Project

November 7, 2008

Dr. Michael Trimble, who supervised the mass graves excavation project in Iraq and later was a key witness in the war crimes trial of Saddam Hussein, will speak at 7 p.m. on Monday, November 17, at Lindenwood University.

The event, which will be in the J. Scheidegger Center’s Bezemes Family Theatre on the main campus (2300 West Clay Street, St. Charles, MO, 63301), is free and open to the public. Trimble, who works for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, will speak on the work he did on the mass graves project. His appearance is jointly sponsored by the Greater St. Charles Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.

Trimble is the chief of the Curation and Archives Analysis Branch in the Engineering Division of the U.S. Army Engineer District, St. Louis, and director of the Corps of Engineers, Mandatory Center of Expertise for the Curation and Management of Archaeological Collections.

From 2004 through 2007, Trimble spent 21 months in Iraq on seven separate deployments served as program director for the Mass Graves Project with the Department of Justice's Regime Crimes Liaison Office (RCLO) in Baghdad, Iraq. The RCLO has been assisting the nation of Iraq to establish a law enforcement-based investigative unit and a judicial system to try former members of Saddam Hussein’s regime.

As the Program Director, Trimble was responsible for preparing and leading a 22-person team that performed professional archaeological and forensic mass-grave exhumations and analyses of nine mass-grave sites in Iraq. The team investigated sites linked to the deliberate campaign to kill the Kurdish population, known as Anfal, and the suppression of the Shi'ite uprising following the first Gulf War, known as the 1991 Uprising.

On November 30, 2006, Trimble provided the principle forensic testimony against former senior Baath Party officials, including Saddam Hussein, "Chemical Ali," and five others in the Anfal trial.

The 2008-09 Lindenwood University Speaker Series, which is new this year, started in September and includes 11 speaker events in all and extends through mid-April. For more information, visit


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