2nd Edition

Handbook of Forensic Anthropology and Archaeology

Edited By Soren Blau, Douglas H. Ubelaker Copyright 2016
    738 Pages
    by Routledge

    738 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.

    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


    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.

    "… [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