Volume 47, Issue 6 (November 2002)
Review of: Advances in Forensic Taphonomy: Method, Theory, and Archaeological Perspectives
This book is an extension of and supplement to the editors' previous volume, Forensic Taphonomy. It consists of a series of chapters contributed by some of the leading lights in forensic anthropology and forensic taphonomy (if this can now be considered a distinct discipline): the editors themselves, William Haglund and Marcella Sorg, Don Brothwell, Wayne Lord, Jon Nordby, William Rodriguez, Paul Sledzik, and Douglas Ubelaker. The chapters by the less-well-known contributors are uniformly excellent. The chapters are of two types: expositions of general principles and case studies. Case studies by their very nature are narrowly focused and frequently contain unique features that cannot be generalized to other investigations. However, the case studies presented in this volume are particularly apposite and illuminate more general principles.