Public Keynote Address by Dr. Eugénia Cunha (Laboratory of Forensic Anthropology, Centre for Functional Ecology, Department fo Life Sciences, University of Coimbra).
Throughout the presentation of some practical cases of forensic anthropology, we aim to highlight what we consider fundamental steps in a forensic anthropology exam which importance has been receiving increasing recognition not only from other forensic practitioners but also from the general public. Previous procedures such as maceration, cleaning, gathering samples, imagiological exams are of paramount importance. State of preservation and conservation will dictate not only the techniques to be applied but also the experts present at the expertise. Complicity with the forensic pathologist is therefore crucial. In what concerns identification we will briefly discuss the methods used to assess the biological profile, and detaching what we consider fundamental in search of identity factors where every little detail is outstanding. For the interpretation of the language of fractures, the role of a forensic anthropologist is unique, but he or she should not talk about cause and manner of death all alone since this is an attribution of the forensic pathologist. We will bring a general overview of forensic anthropology in Europe where the reality is not homogeneous and where the background of the experts and the type of cases can vary in function of social problems, such as migration, from country to country. The situation will generally be compared with the one in the US.
This talk is part of the workshop, "New Approaches to Skeletal Age Estimation for Diverse Populations," organized by Bridget Algee-Hewitt (Stanford CCSRE).
Public reception to follow.