Contributor: Amy Mundorff
Contributor info: Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Publication Date: July 2014
Publisher: Academic Press
Synopsis: Commingled human remains are encountered in situations ranging from prehistoric ossuaries to recent mass fatality incidents. Mundorff contributed a chapter to this book, which brings together tools from diverse sources within the forensic science community to offer a set of comprehensive approaches to resolving issues associated with commingled remains. Regardless of the cause for the commingling (transportation disaster, terrorist attack, natural disaster, genocide, etc.), it is critical that the proper experts are involved and that the proper techniques are employed to achieve the greatest success in making identifications. Even a relatively “simple” mass fatality event can become very complicated once body fragmentation and commingling occur.