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The Analysis of Burned Human Remains

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.

Researchers in bone biology, forensic anthropology, and endocrinology

Hardbound, 296 Pages

Published: January 2008

Imprint: Academic Press

ISBN: 978-0-12-372510-3


  • List of Contributors


    Chapter 1 Fire and Bodies

    Chapter 2 Patterned Thermal Destruction of Human Remains in a Forensic Setting

    Chapter 3 The Recovery and Study Of Burned Human Teeth

    Chapter 4 Analysis of Human Cremains: Gross and Chemical Methods

    Chapter 5 Thermally Induced Changes in the Stable Carbon and Nitrogen Isotope Ratios of Charred Bones

    Chapter 6 Bone Color as an Interpretive Tool of the Depositional History of Archaeological Cremains

    Chapter 7 Time, Temperature, and Oxygen Availability: An Experimental Study of the Effects of Environmental Conditions on the Color and Organic Content of Cremated Bone

    Chapter 8 Heat-Related Changes in Tooth Color: Temperature Versus Duration of Exposure

    Chapter 9 Investigations on Pre-Roman and Roman cremation Remains from Southwestern Germany: Results, Potentialities and Limits

    Chapter 10 In the Heat of the Pyre: Efficiency of Oxidation in Romano-British Cremations - Did it Really Matter?

    Chapter 11 Fire as a Cultural Taphonomic Agent: Understanding Mortuary Behavior at Khuzhir-Nuge XIV, Siberia

    Chapter 12 Putting Together the Pieces: Reconstructing Mortuary Practices from Commingled Ossuary Cremains

    Chapter 13 A Taphonomic Analysis of Human Cremains from the Fox Hollow farm Serial Homicide Site

    Chapter 14 Early Archaic Cremations from Southern Indiana

    Chapter 15 Towards an Archaeology of Cremation



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