Human remains and identification presents a pioneering investigation into the practices and methodologies used in the search for and exhumation of dead bodies resulting from mass violence. Previously absent from forensic debate, social scientists and historians here confront historical and contemporary exhumations with the application of social context to create an innovative and interdisciplinary dialogue, enlightening the political, social and legal aspects of mass crime and its aftermaths. Through a ground-breaking selection of international case studies, Human remains and identification argues that the emergence of new technologies to facilitate the identification of dead bodies has led to a “forensic turn”, normalising exhumations as a method of dealing with human remains en masse. However, are these exhumations always made for legitimate reasons? Multidisciplinary in scope, the book will appeal to readers interested in understanding this crucial phase of mass violence’s aftermath, including researchers in history, anthropology, sociology, forensic science, law, politics and modern warfare.
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Acting-Consul Brill of Madras on his internment in India, journey on
the ‘Golconda’, and re-internment in
David Howarth recounts, the queen’s reinternment was meant
‘to reconcile the irreconcilable’, when the marble
‘became the shroud to cover the horror of the execution of one
sovereign by another’. 78 But ‘to avoid a concourse in the place
whence she had been expelled with tyranny’, as the
crypto-Catholic Earl of Northampton recorded, her remains were brought
to the Abbey in 1612 under ‘the blanket of