History of forensic anthropology

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Modern forensic anthropology can be described as the evaluation of humans using biological, social, and cultural anthropology to assist with the identification of the living and the dead, the recovery and repatriation of the deceased, and the interpretation of circumstances surrounding death. As a relatively new discipline, the history and development of the subject is frequently relayed through prominent individuals and cases. As time has progressed, the areas in which forensic anthropologists work have changed and increased. This article aims to give an account of the development of the subject from relative obscurity to almost common day conversation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Forensic Sciences
Subtitle of host publicationVolume 1-4, Third Edition
EditorsMax M. Houck
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9780128236789
Publication statusPublished - 2023


  • Accreditation
  • Development
  • Forensic anthropology
  • History
  • Skeletal remains

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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