6. The Role of Forensic Anthropology in the Recovery and Interpretation of the Fatal-Fire Victim

  1. Dennis C. Dirkmaat
  1. Dennis C. Dirkmaat2,
  2. Gregory O. Olson1,
  3. Alexandra R. Klales1 and
  4. Sara Getz1

Published Online: 22 MAR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118255377.ch6

A Companion to Forensic Anthropology

A Companion to Forensic Anthropology

How to Cite

Dirkmaat, D. C., Olson, G. O., Klales, A. R. and Getz, S. (2012) The Role of Forensic Anthropology in the Recovery and Interpretation of the Fatal-Fire Victim, in A Companion to Forensic Anthropology (ed D. C. Dirkmaat), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118255377.ch6

Editor Information

  1. University of Pittsburgh, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    Mercyhurst College, USA

  2. 2

    University of Pittsburgh, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 22 MAR 2012
  2. Published Print: 20 APR 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405191234

Online ISBN: 9781118255377

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Keywords:

  • role of forensic anthropology, in recovery;
  • fatal-fire scenes;
  • effect of fire, on the scene and the victim;
  • modification of forensic scene;
  • bone structure and composition modification;
  • fatal-fire victim recovery protocols;
  • forensic archaeology, at the fire scene;
  • forensic significance determination;
  • biological profile and victim identification;
  • documentation, and recovery protocols

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Effect of Fire on the Scene and Victim

  • Bone Structure and Composition Modification

  • Common Practices in the Investigation of Fires

  • Common Fatal-Fire Victim Recovery Protocols Employed Today

  • Problems with These Approaches

  • Forensic Archaeology at the Fire Scene

  • Bridgeville Fatal-Fire Recovery Protocols

  • At the Postmortem Examination

  • Laboratory Analysis of the Fatal-Fire Victim

  • Patterns of Thermal Damage and Trauma Analysis

  • Forensic Taphonomic Analysis

  • Discussion

  • Conclusions

  • References