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Part VI presents the topic of interpreting events surrounding the death and what occurs after the deposition of the body known as forensic taphonomy. Methodologies and practices in the collection and interpretation of field contextual information, as well as the laboratory analysis of the bones and their modifications are discussed. Part VII highlights the history and current configuration of the roles and duties of forensic anthropologists in nonacademic settings. Specifically, the responsibilities as full-time, productive participants in the day-to-day operations of the medical examiner’s office and as forensic anthropologists in the collection and analysis of the USA’s previously unrecovered war dead are described.
In 1972, the Physical Anthropology section was created within the Academy (Kerley 1978; Snow 1982). Shortly thereafter, in 1977, the American Board of Forensic Anthropology was created and certification for forensic anthropologists in North America was in place. This core group of “forensic anthropologists” also settled on a name – forensic anthropology – for the work done with the police which attempted to provide clues to the identity of the unknown deceased found in unusual circumstances. indd 8 2/10/2012 1:44:45 PM FORENSIC ANTHROPOLOGY: THE NEW PARADIGM 9 Apparently they were unconcerned that the Germans had originally used the term in the 1940s and 1950s after World War II to describe a field of endeavor to determine ancestry and familial relationships of kids orphaned by the war (Schwidetsky 1954; Stewart 1984).
Indd xxxiii 2/10/2012 2:08:17 PM xxxiv ABOUT THIS BOOK has benefitted greatly from an understanding of the soft-tissue evidence derived from this interaction. Recent research in the biomechanics of skeletal trauma provides an innovative approach to the interpretation of bone fractures, which is icing on the cake. Part V includes chapters on advances in human identification with obvious discussion of DNA collection and analysis, and how it will eventually impact forensic anthropology. We have also included interesting discussions of human cremated remains research and video superimposition efforts in producing personal identifications.