The status of bodies in the aftermath of the Khmer Rouge genocide
Anne Yvonne Guillou
, which play a deep structuring role in the mental universe of the Khmer.
Bones-as-evidence: ossuaries and memorials from
the 1980s to the 2000s
It was on the initiative of the new government put in place under
effective Vietnamese control in 1979 that the first collective treatment of the bodies from the genocide was undertaken, its aim being
to turn them into ‘bones-as-evidence’. This treatment formed part
of the general effort to legitimize the new government in the highly
polarized international context of the Cold War and the end of the
VietnamWar (1975). The
Challenges and technological solutions to the identification of individuals in mass grave scenarios in the modern context
Gillian Fowler and Tim Thompson
regimes of forensic archaeology’, Annual
Review of Anthropology, 42 (2013), 121–37.
See, for example, Varas & Intriago Leiva, ‘Managing commingle remains
from mass graves’; Klonowski, ‘Forensic anthropology in Bosnia and
Such as in Ferrandiz, ‘Exhuming the defeated’.
Garrido Varas & Intriago Leiva, ‘Managing commingled remains from
Identification of individuals in mass grave scenarios 137
Adams, B. J. & J. E. Byrd, ‘Resolution of small-scale commingling: a case
report from the VietnamWar’, Forensic Science International, 156
Pollution, contamination and the neglected dead in post-war Saigon
community and golf course on a large, adjacent marshy plot that
belongs to the Airport Authority.
The cemeteries are located in swamp lands next to Tan Son Nhat
airport, which became the largest American air base during the
VietnamWar. The marsh is bright green. The almost unnatural hues
of tall grasses seem oddly out of place. The swamp is surrounded by
tight rows of narrow houses, carpentry workshops and street-seller
stalls. The marshy landscape looks tentative, in movement. The land
is flat, but the eye cannot see very far; the horizon is short. It is one
area of the