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Issues in the Global Applications of Methodology in Forensic Anthropology

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The project and research reported in this collection of articles follows a long-term historical pattern in forensic anthropology in which new case work and applications reveal methodological issues that need to be addressed. Forensic anthropological analysis in the area of the former Yugoslavia led to questions raised regarding the applicability of methods developed from samples in other regions. The subsequently organized project reveals that such differences exist and new methodology and data are presented to facilitate applications in the Balkan area. The effort illustrates how case applications and court testimony can stimulate research advances. The articles also serve as a model for the improvement of methodology available for global applications.

Keywords: Balkans; forensic anthropology; forensic science; identification

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Department of Anthropology, Smithsonian Institution, NMNH, MRC 112, Washington DC 20560.

Publication date: 2008-05-01

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