Estimation of Time since Death in Australian Conditions

Estimation of Time since Death in Australian Conditions

1st Edition - February 12, 2021

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  • Author: Jarvis Hayman
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128245613
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128244241

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Estimation of Time since Death in Australian Conditions collates data about decomposed bodies found in the eastern states of Australia from the years 2000 to 2010. The book takes into account that over 70% of decomposed bodies were found within 14 days. From standard autopsy reports, a quantitative method of assessing the degree of decomposition in four specific body organs and the total appearance of the body was collated into a total body score (tbs). The mathematical models on how to estimate time since death in the eastern states of Australia are covered in this valuable resource.

Key Features

  • Explores national statistical data concerning decomposed human bodies
  • Presents Total Body Score (TBS) from standardized autopsy reports
  • Includes research to prove the efficacy of a TBS from actual autopsies and actively decomposing bodies at a forensic research facility
  • Presents a compilation of mathematical models to estimate the time since death in human bodies found decomposed indoors in the eastern states and the Northern Territory of Australia

Readership

Forensic Anthropologists, Bioarchaeologists, Paleopathologists. Students in forensic science, forensic anthropology or bioarchaeology courses

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction - The development of research into human decomposition
    Current research
    Aims, approaches and structure

    2. A brief review of research into the estimation of the time since death
    Early stages
    Later stages

    3. Materials and Methods
    Materials; Australian Coronial System and the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine, the National Coronial Information System, reports available and compilation of statistics from these reports
    Methods; the sequential stages of decomposition able to be derived from standardised autopsy reports for four key organs and the whole body, the development of a mathematical decomposition score (Total Body Score), correlation of the TBS with temperature and humidity data

    4. Modelling the Time since Death
    A brief explanation of the statistical analysis and development of the mathematical models

    5. The Practical Application of the Models
    Testing of the models on several autopsy cases of decomposed bodies
    Results of monitoring two decomposing human bodies

    6. Discussion and Conclusions

Product details

  • No. of pages: 254
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2021
  • Published: February 12, 2021
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128245613
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128244241

About the Author

Jarvis Hayman

Jarvis Hayman is a retired surgeon who studied archaeology, completing a Master’s degree at the Australian National University in Canberra with a thesis on the archaeology of the Scottish Highland Clearances. He then combined his medical and archaeological knowledge to complete a PhD on the estimation of the time since death in decomposed human bodies in Australian conditions. His research areas of interest are: historical archaeology and forensic archaeology/anthropology. He is a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University and the co-author of Human Body Decomposition.

Affiliations and Expertise

Visiting Fellow, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia

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