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Symes' book expands upon burned bone trauma

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Mercyhurst University forensic anthropologist Steven Symes, Ph.D., has co-authored the second edition of The Analysis of Burned Human Remains with Christopher Schmidt, Ph.D., of the University of Indianapolis; their first edition was published in 2008.

Seven years later, these celebrated experts on burned bone trauma have added nine new chapters showcasing research from many regions of the world, including cremated human remains found recently in Alaska, which have proven to be the oldest in the New World. The book also examines previously underreported populations in Italy, Mexico, Southeast Asia and Jordan that cremated their dead.

“Our hope with this book’s continued success is that burned bone studies will further develop as a valuable aspect of osteology, especially for bioarchaeologists and forensic anthropologists,” Symes said.

Symes is particularly pleased that the book includes contributions from several of his former students, among them Mercyhurst forensic anthropology alumni Nick Passalacqua, Ph.D., Erin Chapman and Christopher Rainwater, who have gone on to promising careers of their own.

The current volume, like the first, presents timely state-of-the-art analyses.