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H 245 x W 175 mm

264 pages

102 figures, 5 tables

Published May 2021

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781789697780

Digital: 9781789697797

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Crimes in the Past: Archaeological and Anthropological Evidence

Edited by Tatiana Shvedchikova, Negahnaz Moghaddam, Pier Matteo Barone

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This book discusses examples of crime scenes in the archaeological past, their detection and interpretation with the help of modern science; readers will find cases of historic and prehistoric ‘crimes scenes’ known from various contexts: (pre)historic (mass) graves, lethal violent acts related to warfare, ritual killings, or possible murder cases.



Introduction ;

Part One: Science Applied to Past Crimes ;
Wrapping the dead over the centuries ;
How forensic geology can be a valuable support to investigate past crimes ;
Complementary investigations can help the forensic pathologist ;

Part Two: From Prehistory to Middle Ages ;
‘An arrow in your spine’ ;
Evidence of injuries and killings in the post-catacomb world (22,000–18,000 cal. BC) ;
Comparative analysis of multiple burials from the Late Copper Age, Hungary ;
Digital trauma analysis and the mechanism of weapon related injuries ;
Dismembered and ditched ;
Ritual violence or acts of warfare ;
‘Los ricos tambièn lloran’

About the Author

Tatyana Shvedchikova is a research fellow at the Department of Theory and Methods at the Institute of Archaeology, Russian Academy of Sciences. Dr Shvedchikova’s main research interests lie in the fields of forensic anthropology and archaeology, in particular bone tissue degradation processes and multidisciplinary approaches to the study and identification of human remains. ;

Negahnaz Moghaddam is head of the forensic anthropology research group at the Unit of Forensic Imaging and Anthropology (UIAF) and the Swiss Human Institute of Forensic Taphonomy (SHIFT). ;

Pier Matteo Barone is a full-time lecturer in the Archaeology and Classics Department of the American University of Rome.