Shrunken head (tsantsa): a complete forensic analysis procedure.

Abstract:

:Based on the analysis of shrunken heads referred to our forensic laboratory for anthropological expertise, and data from both anthropological and medical literature, we propose a complete forensic procedure for the analysis of such pieces. A list of 14 original morphological criteria has been developed, based on the global aspect, color, physical deformation, anatomical details, and eventual associated material (wood, vegetal fibers, sand, charcoals, etc.). Such criteria have been tested on a control sample of 20 tsantsa (i.e. shrunken heads from the Jivaro or Shuar tribes of South America). Further complementary analyses are described such as CT-scan and microscopic examination. Such expertise is more and more asked to forensic anthropologists and practitioners in a context of global repatriation of human artifacts to native communities.

journal_name

Forensic Sci Int

authors

Charlier P,Huynh-Charlier I,Brun L,Hervé C,de la Grandmaison GL

doi

10.1016/j.forsciint.2012.06.009

subject

Has Abstract

pub_date

2012-10-10 00:00:00

pages

399.e1-5

issue

1-3

eissn

0379-0738

issn

1872-6283

pii

S0379-0738(12)00285-X

journal_volume

222

pub_type

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