Papers and Publications

Please also see our repositories on Github at for work in development.

Articles & Repos


Huffer, D. and Graham, S. 2017 The Insta-Dead: the rhetoric of the human remains trade on Instagram, Internet Archaeology 45. DOI: 10.11141/ia.45.5

Huffer, D. and Graham, S. 2017 Insta-dead-article Data Repository DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.1040904


Graham, S. 2018 Fleshing out the bones: data and code repository. Open Science Foundation. DOI 10.17605/OSF.IO/9CFJA

Graham, S. 2018 Identifying-Similar-Images-with-TensorFlow-notebooks. DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.1243787 | Launch Binder

Huffer, D. and Graham, S. 2018 Fleshing out the Bones: Studying the Human Remains Trade with Tensorflow and Inception, Journal of Computer Applications in Archaeology 1(1). DOI 10.5334/jcaa.8.


Huffer, D., Wood, C. and Graham, S. 2019 What the Machine Saw: some questions on the ethics of computer vision and machine learning to investigate human remains trafficking, Internet Archaeology 52. DOI: 10.11141/ia.52.5

Conference & Workshop Presentations


April 2018: ‘Bioarchaeological Approaches to Investigating Supply, Demand and Authenticity in the Colonial-era Human Remains Trade.’ Society for American Archaeology conference, Washington, D.C.

June 2018. ‘Fleshing out the Bones: understanding the human remains trade with computer vision’ Transatlantic Cultural Property Crime Symposium - the slides are available here

August 2018. ‘Taphonomy, Trafficking, and the Forgery of Ethnographic Human Remains.’ 8th European Meeting for Forensic Archaeology, Queens University, Belfast.

September 2018. ‘Where did you get that?!: A multi-disciplinary investigation of Colonial era and modern Dayak ancestral skull collecting.’ 21st Congress of the Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association, Hue, Vietnam.


February 2019. What Am I Looking At? Computer Vision, Digital Phrenology, and the Trade in Human Remains, Workshop on Quantitative Analysis and the Digital Turn in Historical Studies. Fields Institute, University of Toronto.

April 2019. Teaching Machines to See Like Archaeologists: Neural Networks and the Antiquities Trade. Investigating and Policing Antiquities Trafficking and Forgery in a Digital Age. Stockholm University.

May 2019. What the Machine Saw: Studying the Trade in Human Remains in an Era of Big Data. Public Lecture, Department of Archaeology, York University UK.

June 2019. Trafficking the Dead in and from Southeast Asia: Recent Case Studies and Legal Context. 3rd SEAEO SPAFA International Conference on Southeast Asian Archaeology. Bangkok.