By Ailsa Parkin
Studies in Forensic Biohistory. Anthropological Perspectives. Edited by Christopher M. Stojanowski and William N. Duncan. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017. Hardback, 350 pp. 76 b/w illus., 7 tables. ISBN 978-1-107-07354-8.
‘Dead people come with a curriculum vitae or resume’ (Katherine Verdery)
Why should we care if “Abraham Lincoln had Marfan syndrome” or “all the Romanovs were indeed interred in a mass grave near Ekaterinburg” (292), and what should we do when stumbling upon a “Christmas lights skull” in an online auction? A quick browse through media titles from the last couple of years shows that the public and scientists alike do seem …read more