Historical Forensics: The use of Medicine and Forensic principles in Bioarchaeological and Historic Research


  • Amy Lynn Hair Louisiana State University


When Science Sheds Light on History by Philippe Charlier is an excellent example of interdisciplinary research in biological anthropology, medicine, and history. The book, while in no way intended for specialists, provides readers with case studies spanning from Mesolithic Morocco (9,000 BC) through 19th-century colonial encounters while simultaneously exposing the audience to a range of relevant ethical considerations. The book is divided into four parts that explore health and disease chronologically with a variety of materials ranging from physical human remains, autopsy reports, to death masks, and more. The book opens with Charlier and others who argue in support of interdisciplinary approaches in forensic and paleopathological research to both inform on health and disease throughout the human experience and to advance methodologies in the disciplines.

Author Biography

Amy Lynn Hair, Louisiana State University

Amy L. Hair is a Ph.D. student at Louisiana State University. She is an anthropological bioarchaeologist interested in labor, health, and bone histology. Previous research has utilized three-dimensional methodologies and their applications in bioarchaeological research and preservation.



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