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Forensic anthropology and archaeology in the identification of battlefield remains

The Military History Society of New South Wales Incorporated presents

Forensic anthropology and archaeology in the

The Military History Society of New South Wales Incorporated presents

Forensic anthropology and archaeology in the identification of battlefield remains

 

A skull from the Towton battle site showing a large blade wound across the face. (From Fiorato et al 2007 Blood Red Roses.)

A skull from the Towton battle site showing a large blade wound across the face. (From Fiorato et al 2007 Blood Red Roses.)

There has recently been a growing interest in battlefield archaeology and anthropology, partly inspired by the centenary of WWI combined with the growth of forensic archaeology and forensic anthropology. Forensic archaeology has much to offer in the location and recovery of battlefield sites while forensic anthropology has been able to get some amazing results when it comes to identification of remains from these sites. This presentation will illustrate some of the methods employed by archaeologists and anthropologists using the battlefield sites of Towton (War of the Roses), Fromelles in France WWI) and a site from the Vietnam War.

Denise Donlon is curator of the Shellshear Museum of Physical Anthropology and a senior lecturer in the Discipline of Anatomy and Histology, University of Sydney. She teaches anatomy and forensic osteology. Research interests include forensic anthropology and taphonomy of the Sydney region, dental and postcranial skeletal variation. She is a consultant to the NSW Department of Forensic Medicine and a Wing Commander in the RAAF Specialist Reserves where her role is in the recovery and identification of Australian war dead. She has been involved in the recovery and/or identification of remains in Europe (Fromelles, Pozieres), Christmas Island (Unknown Sailor HMAS Sydney II), PNG (Oro Province, Kokoda, Wee Wak), East Timor (Atsabe), Indonesia (Kalimantan and Nias), Malaysia (Parit Sulong) and Vietnam (Minh Dam Mountains, Nui Gang Toi, Xuen Doung Commune).

 

Saturday, 8th July 2017, 2.00pm – 3.00pm

Anzac Room, Level 2, 99 York St Conference and Function Centre, Sydney CBD

 

Entry is free. RSVP is essential by Wednesday 5th July 2017 as numbers are restricted. Call 0418 671 582 or email rsvp@militaryhistorynsw.com.au

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