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    Volume 36, Issue 2 (March 1991)

    Analysis of Six Vietnamese Trophy Skulls

    (Received 2 April 1990; accepted 24 April 1990)


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    This report presents morphologic, metric, and contextual information on six documented trophy skull specimens confiscated from U.S. servicemen during the Victnam War. Additional information on the history and occurrence of trophy skull collecting is provided. This sample, consisting mostly of young Vietnamese males, exhibits graffiti, painting, and other evidence of postmortem decorative modification. Identification of trophy skulls is important to medicolegal and anthropological researchers in distinguishing trophy remains from archacological and forensic specimens.

    Author Information:

    Sledzik, PS
    Curator, National Museum of Health and Medicine, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology AFIP-NMHM, Washington, DC

    Ousley, S
    Graduate assistant, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Knoxville, TN

    Stock #: JFS13053J


    DOI: 10.1520/JFS13053J

    Title Analysis of Six Vietnamese Trophy Skulls
    Symposium ,
    Committee E30