The Analysis of Burned Human Remains

The Analysis of Burned Human Remains, 1st Edition

The Analysis of Burned Human Remains, 1st Edition,Christopher Schmidt,Steven Symes,ISBN9780123725103

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* Includes the diagnostic patterning of color changes that give insight to the severity of burning, the positioning of the body, and presence (or absence) of soft tissues during the burning event
* Chapters on bones and teeth give step-by-step recommendations for how to study and recognize burned hard tissues


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

Christopher Schmidt

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Indianapolis, Department of Anthropology, IN, USA

Steven Symes

Affiliations and Expertise

Mercyhurst College, Department of Anthropology, Erie, PA, USA

The Analysis of Burned Human Remains, 1st Edition

List of Contributors Preface 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 Index

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