Forensic Taphonomy: The Postmortem Fate of Human Remains

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Marcella H. Sorg, William D. Haglund
CRC Press, Dec 13, 1996 - Law - 668 pages
Links have recently been established between the study of death assemblages by archaeologists and paleontologists (taphonomy) and the application of physical anthropology concepts to the medicolegal investigation of death (forensic anthropology). Forensic Taphonomy explains these links in a broad-based, multidisciplinary volume. It applies taphonomic models in modern forensic contexts and uses forensic cases to extend taphonomic theories. Review articles, case reports, and chapters on methodology round out this book's unique approach to forensic science.
 

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Contents

Scavenging by Insects
5
Method and Theory of Forensic
13
Archaeological Context
27
The Role of Archaeology in the Recovery
39
Chain of Custody from the Field to the Courtroom
65
Taphonomic Applications in Forensic Anthropology
77
SECTION II
91
Preservation and Recovery of DNA in Postmortem
109
Cranial Bone Displacement as a Taphonomic
319
Associated Materials
337
Forensic Botany
353
Carnivore Scavenged Remains
365
Search Strategy
383
The Utilization of Faunal Evidence in
395
Rodent Scavenged Remains
405
Scavenging by Water Organisms
449

A Model from
139
Postmortem Changes in Soft Tissues
151
Recognition of Cemetery Remains
165
Frozen Environments and Soft Tissue Preservation
171
I2 Outdoor Decomposition Rates in Tennessee
181
Bone
187
I4 Microscopic Investigation of Excavated
201
A Critical Evaluation of Bone Weathering as
223
Eskimo Skeleton Taphonomy with Identification
249
Human Variables in the Postmortem Alteration
263
A Review
275
Human Bone Mineral Densities and Survival
295
Decomposition of Buried and Submerged Bodies
459
Autopsied Embalmed and Preserved
483
Anatomical Preparation
489
Further Multidisciplinary
497
Preservation in Late 19th Century Iron
511
Riverine Environments
527
The Taphonomic Effects of Flood Waters on Bone
553
Lacustrine Environments
559
Marine Environments
567
Human Aquatic Taphonomy in the Monterey
605
Burials at Sea
615
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