Ethical Approaches to Human Remains

A Global Challenge in Bioarchaeology and Forensic Anthropology

  • Kirsty Squires
  • David Errickson
  • Nicholas Márquez-Grant

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvii
  2. Kirsty Squires, David Errickson, Nicholas Márquez-Grant
    Pages 1-15
  3. Ethical Issues Surrounding Human Remains

  4. Ethical Dilemmas in Bioarchaeology and Forensic Anthropology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 131-131
    2. Heather Bonney, Jelena Bekvalac, Carina Phillips
      Pages 211-237
    3. Kirsty Squires, Thomas Booth, Charlotte A. Roberts
      Pages 265-297
    4. David Errickson, Tim J. U. Thompson
      Pages 299-313
    5. Sian E. Smith, Cara S. Hirst
      Pages 315-346
    6. Nicholas Márquez-Grant, Nicholas V. Passalacqua, Marin A. Pilloud, Nicola Lester, Summer Decker, Jonathan Ford
      Pages 347-366
    7. Anna Williams, John P. Cassella, Jamie K. Pringle
      Pages 367-384
  5. Global Perspectives and Case Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 385-385
    2. Rocío García-Mancuso, Marcos Plischuk, Bárbara Desántolo, Gonzalo Garizoain, Marina Laura Sardi
      Pages 447-463
    3. Siân E. Halcrow, Rebecca Crozier, Kate M. Domett, Thanik Lertcharnrit, Jennifer S. Newton, Louise G. Shewan et al.
      Pages 465-484
    4. Sakher AlQahtani, Joe Adserias-Garriga
      Pages 485-501
    5. Keith Silika, Kirsty Squires
      Pages 583-604
    6. Dario Piombino-Mascali, Heather Gill-Frerking
      Pages 605-625
    7. Kirsty Squires, David Errickson, Nicholas Márquez-Grant
      Pages 627-631
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 633-649

About this book


This book is the first of its kind, combining international perspectives on the current ethical considerations and challenges facing bioarchaeologists in the recovery, analysis, curation, and display of human remains. It explores how museum curators, commercial practitioners, forensic anthropologists, and bioarchaeologists deal with ethical issues pertaining to human remains in traditional and digital settings around the world.

The book not only raises key ethical questions concerning the study, display, and curation of skeletal remains that bioarchaeologists must face and overcome in different countries, but also explores how this global community can work together to increase awareness of similar and, indeed, disparate ethical considerations around the world and how they can be addressed in working practices.
The key aspects addressed include ethics in bioarchaeology and forensic anthropology, the excavation, curation, and display of human remains, repatriation, and new imaging techniques. As such, the book offers an ideal guide for students and practitioners in the fields of bioarchaeology, osteoarchaeology, forensic anthropology, medical anthropology, archaeology, anatomy, museum and archive studies, and philosophy, detailing how some ethical dilemmas have been addressed and which future dilemmas need to be considered.


ethics of bioarchaeology scientific value of human remains history and ethics of bioarchaeology repatriation of human remains religion and ethics funerary aspects of ethics ethics in forensic anthropology repatriation in the USA analysis of human remains curation of human remains

Editors and affiliations

  • Kirsty Squires
    • 1
  • David Errickson
    • 2
  • Nicholas Márquez-Grant
    • 3
  1. 1.School of Law, Policing and ForensicsStaffordshire University, Science CentreStoke-on-TrentUK
  2. 2.Defence Academy of the United KingdomCranfield Forensic Institute, Cranfield UniversityShrivenhamUK
  3. 3.Defence Academy of the United KingdomCranfield Forensic Institute, Cranfield UniversityShrivenhamUK

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