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Provides basic information on successfully collecting, processing, analyzing, and describing skeletal human remains. Forensic Anthropology Training Manualserves as a practical reference tool and a framework for training in forensic anthropology. The first chapter informs judges, attorneys, law enforcement personnel, and international workers of the information and services available from a professional forensic anthropologist. The first section (Chapters 2-11) is a training guide to assist in the study of human skeletal anatomy. The second section (Chapters 12-17) focuses on the specific work of the forensic anthropologist, beginning with an introduction to the forensic sciences. Learning Goals Upon completing this book readers will be able to: Have a strong foundation in human skeletal anatomy Explain how this knowledge contributes to the physical description and personal identification of human remains Understand the basics of excavating a grave, preparing a forensic report, and presenting expert witness testimony in a court of law Define forensic anthropology within the broader context of the forensic sciences Describe the work of today's forensic anthropologists Note:MySearchLab does not come automatically packaged with this text. To purchase MySearchLab, please visit:www.mysearchlab.comor you can purchase a ValuePack of the text + MySearchlab (at no additional cost): ValuePack ISBN-10: 0205207308 / ValuePack ISBN-13: 9780205207305.

Author Biography

Karen Ramey Burns is a practicing forensic anthropologist, teacher, writer, and human rights worker. She received her graduate education in forensic anthropology under the direction of the late Dr. William R. Maples at the University of Florida and developed experience in major crime laboratory procedures while working for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Division of Forensic Sciences. She continues to serve the state of Georgia as a consultant in forensic anthropology and as an appointed member of the Georgia Council on American Indian Concerns. She has testified as an expert witness in local,
state, and international cases.


Dr. Burns has devoted much of her professional career to international work, providing educational and technical assistance in the excavation and identification of human remains in Latin America, Haiti, the Middle East, and Africa. She documented war crimes in Iraq after the Gulf War (1991) and provided testimony in the Raboteau Trial in Gonaïve, Haiti (2000). She is the author of the “Protocol for Disinterment and Analysis of Skeletal Remains,” in the Manual for the Effective Prevention and Investigation of Extra-Legal, Arbitrary, and Summary Executions (1991), a United Nations publication.


In times of national emergency, she works for the National Disaster Medical System, part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. She was deployed for the Katrina/Rita Hurricanes disaster in 2005, Tri-State Crematory incident in 2002, the World Trade Center terrorist attack in 2001, the Tarboro, North Carolina, flood in 1999, and the Flint River flood of 1994.

Dr. Burns has contributed to several historic research projects, including a study of the Phoenician genocide in North Africa (Carthage), the identification of the revolutionary war hero Casimir Pulaski, and the search for Amelia Earhart. Dr. Burns is a coauthor of the award-winning book Amelia Earhart’s Shoes, Is the Mystery Solved? (2001), a discourse on the archaeological investigation.


Her research interests include microstructure of mineralized tissues, effects of burning and cremation, and decomposition. She teaches human osteology, forensic anthropology, and human origins at the University of Georgia, as well as forensic anthropology and expert witness testimony for the U.S. Department of Justice’s International Criminal Investigative Training
Assistance Program (ICITAP).


Dr. Burns is presently the Director of Field Investigations for EQUITAS,the Colombian Interdisciplinary Team for Forensic Work and Psychosocial Assistance, Bogotá, Colombia.

Table of Contents

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2. Full Table of Contents





Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 Human Osteology
Chapter 3 Human Odontology
Chapter 4 Laboratory Analysis

Chapter 5 Field Methods
Chapter 6 Professional Results
Chapter 7 Human Rights Applications
Appendix A: Skeletal Biology, Forensic Anthropology and Criminalists
Appendix B: Human Rights Applications





Chapter 1: Introduction

The Basic Problem—The “Disappeared”

Physical Evidence

Death Investigation Specialists

Forensic Anthropology

Chapter 2: Human Osteology











Chapter 3: Human Odontology


Tooth Recognition

Dental Aging

Dentistry Terms

Oral Disease.

Chapter 4: Laboratory Analysis



Skeletal Analysis

Review of Analysis

Basics of Human Identification


Chapter 5: Field Methods



Burial Location and Scene Investigation

The Excavation and Exhumation

Evidence Management

Quality Check

Questionnaire for Families of the Missing

Chapter 6: Professional Results

Record Keeping

Report Writing

Basic Ethics; Courtroom Testimony

Chapter 7: Human Rights Applications

The Role of the Scientist

Participants in International Mission

Planning Scientific Missions

Types of Missions

Results of Human Rights Missions

The Future.

Appendix A: Skeletal Biology, Forensic Anthropology and Criminalists
Appendix B: Human Rights Applications



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