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The Analysis of Burned Human Remains

The Analysis of Burned Human Remains

Christopher Schmidt, University of Indianapolis, Department of Anthropology, IN
Steven Symes, Mercyhurst College, Department of Anthropology, Erie, PA


This unique reference 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 looking at the recent or ancient dead.

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