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Ethical Approaches to Human Remains

A Global Challenge in Bioarchaeology and Forensic Anthropology

  • Combines international perspectives on the current ethical considerations and challenges facing bioarchaeologists in the recovery, analysis, curation, and display of human remains

  • The first up-to-date book to focus on the ethics in bioarchaeology and forensic anthropology in the last 12 years

  • The only book that deals with the current state of play with regard to international ethical considerations

  • Provides new perspectives on ethical issues and new in-depth case studies from around the world

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Table of contents (31 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxvii
  2. Introduction

    • Kirsty Squires, David Errickson, Nicholas Márquez-Grant
    Pages 1-15
  3. Ethical Issues Surrounding Human Remains

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 17-17
    2. The Dignity of the Dead: Ethical Reflections on the Archaeology of Human Remains

      • Lydia de Tienda Palop, Brais X. Currás
      Pages 19-37
    3. What Remains? Human Rights After Death

      • Claire Moon
      Pages 39-58
  4. Ethical Dilemmas in Bioarchaeology and Forensic Anthropology

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 131-131
    2. Human Remains in Museum Collections in the United Kingdom

      • Heather Bonney, Jelena Bekvalac, Carina Phillips
      Pages 211-237
    3. The Ethics of Sampling Human Skeletal Remains for Destructive Analyses

      • Kirsty Squires, Thomas Booth, Charlotte A. Roberts
      Pages 265-297
    4. Sharing Is Not Always Caring: Social Media and the Dead

      • David Errickson, Tim J. U. Thompson
      Pages 299-313
    5. 3D Data in Human Remains Disciplines: The Ethical Challenges

      • Sian E. Smith, Cara S. Hirst
      Pages 315-346
    6. Ethical Concerns in Forensic Anthropology

      • Nicholas Márquez-Grant, Nicholas V. Passalacqua, Marin A. Pilloud, Nicola Lester, Summer Decker, Jonathan Ford
      Pages 347-366
    7. The Ethical Considerations for Creating a Human Taphonomy Facility in the United Kingdom

      • Anna Williams, John P. Cassella, Jamie K. Pringle
      Pages 367-384
  5. Global Perspectives and Case Studies

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 385-385

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.

Keywords

  • 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

Reviews

“The highlight of this book is that each chapter offers a unique perspective on a specific subject about human remains. … The volume presents a current perspective on ethical challenges faced by specialists and practitioners … . The various topic raised, and the recommendations provided by the authors are expected to be significant in improving practices. Ultimately, this manuscript serves as a reminder for anthropologists and other practitioners to not neglect their ethical responsibility towards human remains and descendant communities.” (Yassmine Ghalem, anthrobookforum.americananthro.org, April 4, 2022)

Editors and Affiliations

  • School of Law, Policing and Forensics, Staffordshire University, Science Centre, Stoke-on-Trent, UK

    Kirsty Squires

  • Defence Academy of the United Kingdom, Cranfield Forensic Institute, Cranfield University, Shrivenham, UK

    David Errickson, Nicholas Márquez-Grant

About the editors

Kirsty Squires is a Senior Lecturer in Forensic Anthropology and MSc Forensic Science award leader at Staffordshire University. Kirsty’s primary research interests lie in the analysis and interpretation of burned skeletal remains from archaeological and forensic contexts, early medieval funerary archaeology, the archaeology of childhood, and ethical considerations within osteoarchaeology and forensic anthropology. She has over 10 years of experience in the excavation and analysis of human skeletal remains. Kirsty is the Outreach Officer for the Society for the Study of Childhood in the Past and a Research Associate of the Observatory for the Mummified Heritage of Sicily, Santa Lucia del Mela.
 
David Errickson is a Lecturer in Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology at Cranfield Forensic Institute, Cranfield University, UK. David has a research focus on 3D technology and its use in quantitative analysis, learning, and teaching. David has a passion for ethical discussion and is a co-creator of the ethical forum on digital osteology; a discussion group on ethical considerations with regards to human remains. Likewise, David has co-edited the new British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology ethical guidance on the use of 2D and 3D images pertaining to human remains. Finally, David has co-authored a chapter with Dr. Nicholas Márquez-Grant on ethical considerations with regards to 3D imaging.
 
Nicholas Márquez-Grant is a Senior Lecturer and the MSc Course Director in Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology at Cranfield Forensic Institute, Cranfield University, UK. He is also a Research Affiliate at the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography, University of Oxford, UK. He has over 20 years of experience in the excavation and analysis of human remains from a variety of archaeological contexts and is increasingly working on ethical aspects in bioarchaeology and forensic anthropology. As a forensic practitioner, he has acted in the UK as an expert witness in Forensic Anthropology and Archaeology.

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Buying options

eBook USD 84.99
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  • ISBN: 978-3-030-32926-6
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 109.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 159.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)