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Hard Evidence

Case Studies in Forensic Anthropology, 2nd Edition

Edited by Dawnie Wolfe Steadman


360 pages

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An essential supplement to a forensic anthropology text, this reader provides case studies that demonstrate innovative approaches and practical experiences in the field. The book provides both introductory and advanced students with a strong sense of the cases that forensic anthropologists become involved, along with their professional and ethical responsibilities, the scientific rigor required, and the multidisciplinary nature of the science. For courses in Forensic Anthropology and Forensic Science.

Table of Contents

Section I

Personal Identification : Theory and Applications

Chapter 1 The Marty Miller Case: Introducing Forensic Anthropology

Dawnie Wolfe Steadman and Steven A. Andersen

Chapter 2 Multidisciplinary Approach to Human Identification in Homicide Investigation: A Case Study from New York

Douglas H. Ubelaker, Mary Jumbelic, Mark Wilson, and E. Mark Levinsohn

Chapter 3 The Herring Case–An Outlier

Karen Ramey Burns

Chapter 4 An Incidental Finding

H. Gill-King

Chapter 5 Science Contextualized: The Identification of a U.S. MIA of the Vietnam War from Two Perspectives

Ann Webster Bunch and Colleen Carney Shine

Section II

Legal Considerations of Forensic Anthropology Casework in the United States

Chapter 6 Multiple Points of Similarity

Dawnie Wolfe Steadman and Lyle W. Konigsberg

Chapter 7 The Influence of the Daubert Guidelines on Anthropological Methods of Scientific Identification in the Medical Examiner Setting

Jason Wiersema, Jennifer C. Love and L. Gill Naul

Chapter 8 A Forensic Analysis of Human Remains from a Historic Conflict in North Dakota

Stephen Ousley and R. Eric Hollinger

Section III

Applications of Archaeology

Chapter 9 Love Lost and Gone Forever

David M. Glassman

Chapter 10 The Contributions of Archaeology and Physical Anthropology to the John McRae Case

Norman J. Sauer, William A. Lovis, Mark E. Blumer, and Jennifer Fillion

Chapter 11 Unusual “Crime” Scenes: The Role of Forensic Anthropology in Recovering and Identifying American MIAs 108

Robert W. Mann, Bruce E. Anderson, Thomas D. Holland, and Johnie E. Webb, Jr.

Chapter 12 Forensic Recoveries of U.S. War Dead and the Effects of Taphonomy and Other Site-Altering Processes

James T. Pokines

Section IV

Interpretation of Taphonomy and Trauma

Chapter 13 Taphonomy and Time: Estimating the Postmortem Interval

Murray K. Marks, Jennifer C. Love and Ian R. Dadour

Chapter 14 The Skull on the Lawn: Trophies, Taphonomy, and Forensic Anthropology

P. Willey and Paulette Leach

Chapter 15 Look until You See: Identification of Trauma in Skeletal Material

O. C. Smith, Elayne J. Pope, and Steven A. Symes

Chapter 16 Forensic Osteology of Child Abuse

Murray K. Marks, Kerriann Marden and Darinka Mileusnic

Chapter 17 The Interface of Forensic Anthropology and Forensic Pathology in Trauma Interpretation

Douglas H. Ubelaker and John E. Smialek

Section V

Analytical Techniques in Forensic Anthropology

Chapter 18 Mitochondrial DNA: Solving the Mystery of Anna Anderson

Terry Melton

Chapter 19 Small Bones of Contention

Sam D. Stout

Chapter 20 Approaches to Facial Reproduction and Photographic Superimposition

Douglas H. Ubelaker

Chapter 21 The Pawn Shop Mummified Head: Discriminating among Forensic, Historic, and Ancient Contexts

Dawnie Wolfe Steadman

Section VI

Applications of Forensic Anthropology

Chapter 22 Corpi Aquaticus: The Hardin Cemetery Flood of 1993

Paul S. Sledzik and Allison Webb Willcox

Chapter 23 DISASTER VICTIM RECOVERY AND IDENTIFICATION: Forensic anthropology in the aftermath of September 11


Chapter 24 Forensic Anthropology and Human Rights: The Argentine Experience 290

Mercedes Doretti and Clyde C. Snow

Chapter 25 A Mass Grave in Argentina: The San Vicente Cemetery in Córdoba

Darío Olmo, Anahí Ginarte, Claudia Bisso, Mercedes Salado Puerto, Luis Fondebrider


About the Editor

Dawnie Wolfe Steadman is the Director of the Forensic Anthropology Center and Professor of Anthropology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She received her Ph.D. at the University of Chicago and has been a professor at Iowa State University and Binghamton University, SUNY. Her research interests are in bioarchaeology and forensic anthropology. She has conducted excavations and skeletal analyses of several historic and prehistoric archaeological sites in Illinois, Iowa, and New York. Dr. Steadman is particularly interested in paleopathology, population genetic modeling of past populations, and the application of forensic anthropology to human rights investigations.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General