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The Analysis of Burned Human Remains

The Analysis of Burned Human Remains, Second Edition, provides a primary source for osteologists and the medical/legal community for the understanding of burned bone remains in forensic or archaeological contexts. It describes in detail the changes in human bone and soft tissues as a body burns at both the chemical and gross levels and provides an overview of the current procedures in burned bone study. Case studies in forensic and archaeological settings aid those interested in the analysis of burned human bodies, from death scene investigators to biological anthropologists.
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A primary source for osteologists and the medical/legal community to further their understanding of burned bone remains in forensic and archaeological contexts

Table of Contents

1. Fire and Bodies 2. Patterned Thermal Destruction in a Forensic Setting 3. Burned Human Teeth 4. Analysis of Human Cremains 5. Thermally Induced Changes 6. Bone Color 7. Time, Temperature and Oxygen Availability 8. Heat-Related Changes in Tooth Color 9. Investigations on Pre-Roman and Roman Cremation Remains 10. In the Heat of Pyre 11. Fire as a Cultural Taphonomic Agent 12. Putting Together the Pieces: Reconstructing Mortuary Practices from Commingled Ossuary Cremains 13. A Taphonomic Analysis of Human Cremains from the Fox Hollow Farm Serial Homicide Site 14. Early Archaic Cremations from Southern Indiana 15. Towards an Archaeology of Cremation 16. An 11,500-year old Human Cremation from Eastern Beringia (Central Alaska) 17. Italian Iron Age cremations 18. The analysis of heat-induced crystallinity change in bone 19. Death and Community Identity in the Trincheras Cremation Cemetery, Sonora, Mexico 20. Formation times in thermally altered enamel 21. Influence of heating regimes on dimensional and colorimetric changes of teeth 22. The Use Of Ethnographic Information In Cremation Studies: A Southeast Asian Example 23. Bone Color Changes in a Burned Burial Structure from Early Bronze Age Bab adh-Dhra', Jordan


"In this significantly updated and expanded second edition, Schmidt and Symes have assembled a group of authoritative contributors who address the complexities of analyzing burned human remains. The technical and methodological components of the book are effectively complemented by provocative case studies of burned bodies that span the ancient world to modern homicides. It represents a definitive reference for students and practitioners of forensic anthropology, taphonomy, field archaeology, bioarchaeology, and criminalistics alike." --Haagen D. Klaus, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Anthropology, George Mason University "Building on the strong foundation of the first edition, this new volume adds methodological, theoretical, and contextual rigor to the study of burned bone; making it a superb resource for students and professionals alike." --Anne L. Grauer, Ph.D. Professor and Chair, Loyola University Chicago

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