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Forensic anthropology has traditionally been concerned with the identification of an individual recovered from a clandestine grave and analysis of their skeletal material. The data gathered from these burials are often treated as individual cases with no synthesis into a greater body of analysis and do not completely address the anthropological issues surrounding them. This thesis is a demonstration of new approaches to anthropological investigation of clandestine graves through analysis of sample data. By providing examples of the different types of information that have previously been neglected from an analytical perspective, and offering interpretation based upon statistical inferences, this thesis illustrates the patterns of behavior that are exhibited by perpetrators of homicide when they choose to dispose of human remains.
A Thesis submitted to the Department of Anthropology in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science.
Includes bibliographical references.
Glen Doran, Professor Directing Thesis; Joseph Hellweg, Committee Member; Lynne Schepartz, Committee Member.
Florida State University
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