Human remains in the news: Forensic anthropology, archaeology, andsome strange stuff

Forensic Anthropology and ForensicScience in the News

Through Art and Forensics, Faces of
Unidentified Victims Emerge

Anyone who
walked into Room 501 at the

New York Academy of Art

in TriBeCa the
other day would have seen a roomful of sculpture students molding clay into
faces that looked nearly alive. Read
more at

The New York Times

massacre verdicts upheld at war crimes tribunal

judge at the UN Yugoslav tribunal has upheld the convictions of five men for
their role in the Srebrenica massacre.

BBC News

(via @ForensicArchae on Twitter).

Spain: Don Quixote author Cervantes’ remains ‘discovered’ in

archaeologists have discovered the remains of a casket with the initials MC,
and believe it belongs to

Don Quixote

Miguel de Cervantes. Read more at the

Business Times

John Moores University’s facial reconstruction lab will help solve crimes

reconstructions of wanted criminals and unidentified corpses will be made in
Liverpool from next week after the official opening of the city’s Face Lab. Read more at The
Liverpool Echo

in the News

Death of a Traitor: re-evaluation of
human remains excavated from Hulton Abbey

In 2004, the human remains excavated
from Hulton Abbey (AD 1219-1538) in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire were
delivered to the University of Reading on long-term loan. Among this collection
were the remains of the Audleys of Heleigh, a family who rose to prominence in
the courts of Edward I and Edward II.
Read more at British
Archaeology News Resource

(via @DrKillgrove on Twitter).

Analysis of skull fractures in medieval
Denmark reveals increased risk of death later on in life

A trio of researchers with members from
Denmark, the U.S. and Germany has found that a group of men living in medieval
Denmark who had healed head traumas had a 6.2 percent higher chance of dying at
any given time than did other men in the general populace. In their paper
published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Jesper
Boldsen, George Milner and Svenja Weise describe their study of skulls found in
medieval cemeteries and how it relates to the modern study of traumatic head
injuries.

clues to the lives of Grassmere slaves

Archaeology has come a long way from
carbon dating, and a new analysis by a Vanderbilt professor shows how much
chemistry can tell us about people who lived long ago. Read more at Research
News at Vanderbilt

(via @RockstarAnthro on Twitter). 


The Extreme Ritual of Self-Mummification
Practiced by Buddhist Monks

CityDig: This 1863 Map of L.A.’s First
Public Necropolis is All Kinds of Freaky

Abraham Lincoln’s Hair Lock Fetches Big
Money in Memorabilia Auction

Reconstructs the Long-Lost Face of a Siberian ‘Ice Maiden’

Farmer Finds ‘Chupacabra’; Probably Cat Mummy