Volume 39, Issue 1 (January 1994)

    Analysis of Ceramic Substrate Found in Cremains

    (Received 1 March 1993; accepted 26 May 1993)


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    With the recent increase in the number of lawsuits questioning the possible commingling of cremains, recognition of nonosseous artifacts may aid in the circumstantial identification of a decedent. The remains of a cremated individual were analyzed both macroscopically and microscopically. Examination of material ranging in size from 1.5 cm × 1.0 cm to less than 0.5 cm yielded evidence of numerous nonosseous artifacts. Of primary interest were several fragmentary ceramic objects located in the material, which were pieced together under a microscope and photographed to reveal the imprint of circuitry suggesting a computer chip, subsequently identified from a pacemaker. Although this particular ceramic substrate did not have the necessary markings to facilitate identification of the manufacturer, the pacemaker brand may aid in identification.

    Author Information:

    Huxley, AK
    Graduate Research Assistant, Human Identification Laboratory, Arizona State Museum, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

    Stock #: JFS13599J

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS13599J

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    Title Analysis of Ceramic Substrate Found in Cremains
    Symposium , 0000-00-00
    Committee E30