Forensic Anthropology: Current Tools, Future Concepts

Forensic Anthropology: Current Tools, Future Concepts

Douglas H. Ubelaker (Smithsonian Institution, USA) and Julia A. Grossman (Smithsonian Institution, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-483-7.ch001


Traditionally, methodology within forensic anthropology has involved very basic techniques of measurement, observation and interpretation. Rooted in the academic fields of anatomy and physical anthropology, forensic anthropology has grown to address problems of recovery, determination of species, estimation of age at death, sex, ancestry, stature, postmortem interval, and the evaluation of evidence relating to foul play and identification. Growth and expansion of the field into new areas of application have revealed new problems needing new methodological solutions. Striving to resolve these problems, anthropologists have turned to new technology, or approaches utilized in related academic areas that would be new to anthropology. This chapter explores aspects of those technological developments and how they have found a home in the practice of forensic anthropology.
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Soil Resistivity

Another approach to detecting clandestine burials utilizes the technology of the resistivity meter. This device will measure the flow of electricity through the soil and potentially detect variations leading to the discovery of the grave excavation (Bevan, 1996; Clark, 1996). Key to this approach is a thoughtful survey strategy that will quantify normal values of the area and allow variant measurement to be detected (Holland & Connell, 2009). As with GPR and magnetometry approaches, soil resistivity survey works best in areas with minimal soil disturbance.

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