Handbook of Forensic Anthropology and Archaeology (WAC Research Handbooks in Archaeology)

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9781598740745: Handbook of Forensic Anthropology and Archaeology (WAC Research Handbooks in Archaeology)

Over the last 10 years interest in the disciplines of forensic anthropology and archaeology has exploded. In order to provide archaeologists and their students with a reliable understanding of these disciplines, this authoritative volume draws contributions from fifty experienced practitioners from around the world to offer a solid foundation in both the practical and ethical components of forensic work. Over 40 chapters weave together historical development, current field methods in analyzing crime, natural disasters and human atrocities, an array of laboratory techniques, key case studies, legal, professional, and ethical issues, and promising future directions, all from a global perspective. This volume will be the benchmark for the understanding of anthropological and archaeological forensics for years to come.

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Draws contributions from fifty experienced practitioners from around the world to offer a benchmark of knowledge in both the practical and research components of forensic work conducted by anthropologists and archaeologists.

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Soren Blau, B.A.(Hons.), M.Sc., Ph.D. has worked in the Centre for Human Identification (now Human Identification Services - HIS) at the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine (VIFM) as a forensic anthropologist since January 2005 and is currently the manager of the HIS. She is an honorary Senior Lecturer in the Department of Forensic Medicine at Monash University. Soren is involved in local and international casework as well as contributing to international Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) training courses. During her time at the VIFM, Soren has developed an interest in using computerized tomography (CT) data to establish population specific standards for forensic anthropology in Australia. She is currently coordinating a project in East Timor investigating alleged human rights abuses.Douglas H. Ubelaker is a curator and senior scientist at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. where he has been employed since about 1971. He received the PhD degree in 1973 from the University of Kansas. He has published extensively in the general field of human skeletal biology with an emphasis on forensic applications. Since about 1978, he has served as the primary consultant in forensic anthropology for the FBI Laboratory now located in Quantico, Virginia. In this capacity he has reported on over 780 cases and has testified in numerous legal proceedings.

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