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Forensic Taphonomy

The Postmortem Fate of Human Remains, 1st Edition

Edited by Marcella H. Sorg, William D. Haglund

CRC Press

668 pages

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Links have recently been established between the study of death assemblages by archaeologists and paleontologists (taphonomy) and the application of physical anthropology concepts to the medicolegal investigation of death (forensic anthropology). Forensic Taphonomy explains these links in a broad-based, multidisciplinary volume. It applies taphonomic models in modern forensic contexts and uses forensic cases to extend taphonomic theories. Review articles, case reports, and chapters on methodology round out this book's unique approach to forensic science.

Reviews

"The contents of this volume are certainly appealing to those studying and practicing forensic pathology, with suggestions for further study. … Forensic investigators will of course find this text of use in their 'forensic education'. … I would recommend that anyone studying forensic science courses read this book, and contemplate how the principles can be applied … ."

- www.forensicmed.co.uk

"The value of this book can be appreciated instantly simply by noting the names of the contributors. They are the leaders in their fields. The subjects are covered extensively, the discussions of actual cases are handled without undue "war storying," and the field of forensic taphonomy receives its first extensive and in-depth treatment. The volume will surely stand the test of time and will be a ready resource for a variety of professionals whose dealings are with the dead."

-SCIENTIFIC SLEUTHING REVIEW

"This book contains much information about taphonomic processes and the investigation of crime…details decomposition processes, animal and insect activity, and environmental changes."

-C.M. Milroy, Reviews

Table of Contents

Foreword, J.H. Davis

Preface, G. Haynes

INTRODUCTION: INTRODUCTION TO FORENSIC TAPHONOMY, W.D. HAGLUND AND M.H. SORG

Taphonomy in the Forensic Context

Method and Theory of Taphonomic Research, W.D. Haglund and M.H. Sorg

Context Delicti: Archaeological Context in Forensic Work, D.D. Scott and M. Connor

The Role of Archaeology in the Recovery and Interpretation of Human Remains from an Outdoor Forensic Setting, D.C. Dirkmaat and J.M. Adavasio

Chain of Custody from the Field to the Courtroom, J. Melbye and S.B. Jimenez

Taphonomic Applications in Forensic Anthropology, D.H. Ubelaker

MODIFICATIONS OF SOFT TISSUE, BONE, AND ASSOCIATED MATERIALS: OVERVIEW, W.D. HAGLUND AND M.H. SORG

Chemical Underpinnings

Chemical and Ultrastructural Aspects of Decomposition, H. Gill-King

Preservation and Recovery of DNA in Postmortem Specimens and Trace Samples, T.J. Parsons and V.W. Weedn

Soft Tissue

The Process of Decomposition: A Model from the Arizona-Sonoran Desert, A. Galloway

Postmortem Changes in Soft Tissue, M.A. Clark, M.B. Worrell, and J.E. Pless

Recognition of Cemetery Remains in the Forensic Setting, H.E. Berryman, W.M. Bass, S.A. Symes, and O.T. Smith

Frozen Environments and Soft Tissue Preservation, M.S. Micozzi

Outdoor Decomposition Rates in Tennessee, W.M. Bass, III

Bone

Microscopic Structure of Bone, M. Schultz

Microscopic Investigation of Excavated Skeletal Remains: A Contribution to Paleopathology and Forensic Medicine, M. Schultz

A Critical Evaluation of Bone Weathering as an Indication of Bone Assemblage Formation, L.R. Lyman and G.L. Fox

Eskimo Skeleton Taphonomy with Identification of Possible Polar Bear Victims, C.F. Merbs

Human Variables in the Postmortem Alteration of Human Bone: Examples from U.S. War Casualties, T.D. Holland, B.E. Anderson, and R.W. Mann

Fire Modification of Bone: A Review of the Literature, P.M. Mayne Correia

Human Bone Mineral Densities and Survival of Bone Elements: A Contemporary Sample, A. Galloway, P. Willey, and L. Snyder

Cranial Bone Displacement as a Taphonomic Process in Potential Child Abuse Cases, T.A.J. Crist, A. Washburn, H. Park, I. Hood, and M.A. Hickey

Associated Materials

Biodegradation of Hair and Fibers, W.F. Rowe

Forensic Botany, D. Hall

SCAVENGED REMAINS: OVERVIEW, W.D. HAGLUND AND M.H. SORG

Carnivore Scavenged Remains

Dogs and Coyotes: Postmortem Involvement with Human Remains, W.D. Haglund

Scattered Skeletal Remains: Search Strategy Considerations for Locating Missing Teeth, W.D. Haglund

The Utilization of Faunal Evidence in the Recovery of Human Remains, T.A. Murad

Rodent Scavenged Remains

Rodents and Human Remains, W.D. Haglund

Scavenging by Insects

On the Body: Insects' Life Stage Presence, Their Postmortem Artifacts, and Entomological Collecting Procedures, N.H. Haskell, V.J. Cervenka, and M.A. Clark

Scavenging by Water Organisms

Human Remains Recovered from a Shark's Stomach in South Carolina, T.A. Rathbun and B.C. Rathbun

BURIED AND PROTECTED REMAINS: OVERVIEW, W.D. HAGLUND AND M.H. SORG

Decomposition

Decomposition of Buried and Submerged Bodies, W.C. Rodriguez III

Decomposition Rates of Deliberate Burials: A Case Study of Preservation, M.H. Manheim

Autopsied, Embalmed, and Preserved Human Remains: Distinguishing Features in Forensic and Historic Contexts, P.S. Sledzik and M.S. Micozzi

Necrosearch Revisited: Further Multidisciplinary Approaches to the Detection of Clandestine Graves, D.L. France, T.J. Griffin, J.G. Swanburg, J.W. Lindemann, G.C. Davenport, V. Trammell, C.T. Travis, B. Kondratieff, A. Nelson, K. Castellano, D. Hopkins, and T. Adair

Preservation in Late 19th Century Iron Coffin Burials, D.W. Owsley and B.E. Compton

REMAINS IN WATER: OVERVIEW, W.D. HAGLUND AND M.H. SORG

Riverine Environments

Fluvial Transport of Human Crania, S.P. Nawrocki, J.E. Pless, D.A. Hawley, and S.A. Wagner

The Taphonomic Effects of Flood Waters on Bone, S. Brooks and R.H. Brooks

Lacustrine Environments

Movement of Bodies in Lake Ontario, Tyler G. O'Brien

Marine Environments

Forensic Taphonomy in Marine Contexts, M.H. Sorg, J.H. Dearborn, E.I. Monahan, H.F. Ryan, K.G. Sweeney, and E. David

Human Aquatic Taphonomy in the Monterey Bay Area, S. Boyle, A. Galloway, and R.T. Mason

Burials at Sea, M.R. London, J.F. Krolikowski, and J.H. Davis

CONCLUSIONS AND OVERVIEW, W.D. HAGLUND AND M.H. SORG

Afterword, C.C. Snow

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW041000
LAW / Forensic Science
SOC002020
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Physical