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Handbook of Forensic Anthropology and Archaeology

2nd Edition

Edited by Soren Blau, Douglas H. Ubelaker


696 pages

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With contributions from 70 experienced practitioners from around the world, this second edition of the authoritative Handbook of Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology provides a solid foundation in both the practical and ethical components of forensic work. The book weaves together the discipline’s historical development; current field methods for analyzing crime, natural disasters, and human atrocities; an array of laboratory techniques; key case studies involving legal, professional, and ethical issues; and ideas about the future of forensic work--all from a global perspective. This fully revised second edition expands the geographic representation of the first edition by including chapters from practitioners in South Africa and Colombia, and adds exciting new chapters on the International Commission on Missing Persons and on forensic work being done to identify victims of the Battle of Fromelles during World War I. The Handbook of Forensic Anthropology and Archaeology provides an updated perspective of the disciplines of forensic archaeology and anthropology.


"… [T]his volume is indeed comprehensive. The Editors should be congratulated on an excellent book, which should be on the bookshelf of any serious practitioner and library. The Editors state that the ‘methodologies summarized in this volume are state of the art but hardly the last word.’ However, this book should remain highly relevant for many years to come. Highly recommended!""

- James Robertson, Australian Journal of Forensic Sciences, review of the first edition

"This superb volume brings together contributions from practicing professionals in Australia, Canada, France, Great Britain, Guatemala, Indonesia, Italy, Spain, and the United States. … For those individuals considering specializing in forensic anthropology, or applying their archaeological skills in the search, documentation, and recovery of human remains and evidence derived from non-archaeological contexts, this book inserts a large dose of reality into what it means to be an anthropologist first and a forensic anthropologist second."

- Leslie E. Eisenberg, Journal of Forensic Sciences, review of the first edition

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Forensic Anthropology and Archaeology: Moving Forward

Soren Blau and Douglas H. Ubelaker

Part I: History of the Disciplines

Chapter 2: Forensic Anthropology and Archaeology in the United Kingdom: Are We Nearly There Yet?

Gaile McKinnon and Karl Harrison

Chapter 3: Forensic Anthropology and Archaeology: Perspectives from Italy

Cristina Cattaneo, Daniele Gibeli, and Dominic Salsarola

Chapter 4: Forensic Anthropology: Perspectives from France

Tania Delabarde and Eric Baccino

Chapter 5: A History of Forensic Anthropology in Spain

José Prieto

Chapter 6: The Application of Forensic Anthropology to the Investigation of Cases of Political Violence: Perspectives from South America

Luis Fondebrider

Chapter 7: The Origin and Development of Forensic Anthropology and Archaeology in Colombia

Angélica Guzmán and César Sanabria Medina

Chapter 8: Historical Development of Forensic Anthropology: Perspectives from the United States

Douglas H. Ubelaker

Chapter 9: Forensic Anthropology: Canadian Content and Contributions

Mark Skinner and Kristina Bowie

Chapter 10: The Development and Current State of Forensic Anthropology: An Australian Perspective

Denise Donlon

Chapter 11: Historical Perspectives of Forensic Anthropology in Indonesia

Etty Indriati

Chapter 12: Forensic Anthropology as Practiced in South Africa

Maryna Steyn, Ericka N. L’Abbé, and Jolandie Myburgh

Part II: Forensic Archaeology

Chapter 13: The Search and Detection of Human Remains

Thomas D. Holland and Samuel V. Connell

Chapter 14: Excavation and Recovery in Forensic Archaeological Investigations

Paul N. Cheetham and Ian Hanson

Part III: Forensic Anthropology

Chapter 15: Differentiating Human from Non-Human Skeletal Remains

Dawn M. Mulhern

Chapter 16: Dating of Anthropological Skeletal Remains of Forensic Interest

Shari Forbes and Kimberley Nugent

Chapter 17: Analysis of Commingled Human Remains

John Byrd and Bradley J. Adams

Chapter 18: The Assessment of Ancestry and the Concept of Race

Norman J. Sauer, Jane C. Wankmiller, and Joseph T. Hefner

Chapter 19: Anthropological Estimation of Sex

Samantha K. Rowbotham

Chapter 20: Skeletal Age Estimation

Tracy L. Rogers

Chapter 21: Histological Age Estimation

Christian M. Crowder, Jarred T. Heinrich, and Victoria M. Dominguez

Chapter 22: Stature Estimation

P. Willey

Chapter 23: Antemortem Trauma

Eugénia Cunha and Joāo Pinheiro

Chapter 24: Perimortem Trauma

Louise Loe

Chapter 25: Forensic Taphonomy

Stephen P. Nawrocki

Chapter 26: Burned Human Remains

Tim Thompson and Priscilla F. Ulguim

Chapter 27: Craniofacial Identification: Techniques of Facial Approximation and Craniofacial Superimposition

Carl N. Stephan and Peter Claes

Chapter 28: Biomolecular Applications

Lori Baker

Chapter 29: Forensic Odontology

John Gerald Clement

Part IV: The Crime and Disaster Scene: Case Studies in Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology

Chapter 30: Investigative and Legal Aspects of a U.S. Federal Death Penalty Case

Dawnie Wolfe Steadman, William Basler, Michael J. Hochrein, Dennis F. Klein, and Julia C. Goodin

Chapter 31: Domestic Homicide Investigations in the United Kingdom

John Hunter

Chapter 32: Forensic Anthropology in Disaster Response

Paul S. Sledzik and Amy Z. Mundorff

Chapter 33: Medico-legal Investigation of Atrocities Committed during the Solomon Islands “Ethnic Tensions”

Melanie Archer and Malcolm J. Dodd

Chapter 34: Disaster Anthropology: The 2004 Asian Tsunami

Sue Black

Chapter 35: The Role of the Anthropologist in Disaster Victim Identification: Case studies from the 2002 and 2004 terrorist attacks in Bali, Indonesia

Alanah M. Buck and Christopher A. Briggs

Chapter 36: Dealing with Human Remains from Recent Conflict: Mass Grave Excavations and Human Identification in a Sensitive Political Context

Marija Djurić

Chapter 37: Forensic Investigations in Guatemala: The Continuing Search for Truth, Justice, and the Missing Two Decades after the Peace Accords

Caroline Barker, Ambika Flavel, and Claudia Rivera Fernández

Chapter 38: Continuing Challenges for Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology in Iraq

Derek Congram, Jon Sterenberg, and Oran Finnegan

Chapter 39: Fromelles: Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology in Identification

Margaret Cox, Louise Loe, and Peter Jones

Part V: The Professional Forensic Archaeologist and the Forensic Anthropologist

Chapter 40: More Than Just Bare Bones: Ethical Considerations for Forensic Anthropologists

Soren Blau

Chapter 41: How to Do Forensic Anthropology under the Auspices of the United Nations and Other Large Organizations

Richard Wright and Ian Hanson

Chapter 42: Contribution of Quantitative Methods in Forensic Anthropology: A New Era

Ann H. Ross and Erin H. Kimmerle

Chapter 43: The Expert Witness and the Court of Law

Maciej Henneberg

Chapter 44: Legal Aspects of Identification

David Ranson

Chapter 45: The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) and the Application of Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology to Identifying the Missing

Ian Hanson, Matthew Holliday, Kevin Sullivan, Kathryne Bomberger, and Thomas J. Parsons

Chapter 46: Conclusion: International Perspectives on Issues in Forensic Anthropology

Soren Blau and Douglas H. Ubelaker

About the Editors

Soren Blau is the Senior Forensic Anthropologist at the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine. She is an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the Department of Forensic Medicine at Monash University, a Founding Fellow Faculty of Science at The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia, and a recipient of a Churchill Fellowship. Blau undertakes forensic anthropology casework, including Disaster Victim Identification, and she has participated in the recovery and analysis of human remains from archaeological and forensic contexts in numerous countries, including the Democratic Republic of Congo, Guam, Indonesia, Israel, the Solomon Islands, East Timor, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and Uzbekistan. Blau has worked as a consultant for the International Criminal Court and non-government organizations, and she has conducted training courses for forensic practitioners and related stakeholders.

Douglas Ubelaker is a curator and senior scientist at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History. Since 1978, he has served as a consultant in forensic anthropology, reporting on more than 900 cases and testifying in numerous legal proceedings. He is a lecturer with the departments of anatomy and anthropology at The George Washington University, as well as an adjunct professor in the Department of Anthropology at Michigan State University. Ubelaker has published extensively in the general field of human skeletal biology with an emphasis on forensic applications and has served on the editorial boards of numerous leading scientific publications. Since 1987, he has been a Fellow in the Physical Anthropology Section of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and he served as president of the Academy in 2011-2012. Ubelaker has received numerous honors from both American and international organizations.

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SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Physical