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FSC239 Forensic Anthropology Lecture - October 3rd 2013 .docx

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Forensic Science
Wade Knaap

Forensic Anthropologists  Anthro techniques in legal context  Search for, recover, analyze, to court  Human remains that are skeletonized or badly decomposed  Identifications – Closure for loved ones Locating/ Recovering Human Remains  Where to search and why  body dumpsite characteristics, search indicators, animal indicators  How to search  Proper excavation techniques  info from graves  Document the relationships between the objects (context)  map scene Forensic Significance  Important in medico – legal investigation  reduces police work load, saves time and effort, also reduces anxiety of families with missing relatives  Animal vs. Human  Remains recent? Old? Archaeological  Except vandalism, looting  Sources of evidence  context, burial practice, treatment of remains  Remains themselves  ancestry  Artifacts  lithic, pottery Cemetery Remains  Except vandalism body snatching, theft, improper burial  Sources of evidence  contest, proximity to cemetery, funeral practices  Remain themselves  embalming & coffin wear  Artifacts  body & cemetery Taphonomy  Study of processes affecting body after death  transport, burial, fossilization, discovery  environment, animal and human activity affects color, texture, shape  Why study  to know if consistent with tip/testimony, and to know if the body has been moved, elaps
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