The Status of Forensic Anthropology in Europe and South Africa: Results of the 2016 FASE Questionnaire on Forensic Anthropology

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Zuzana Obertová, Pascal Adalian, Eric Baccino, Eugenia Cunha, Hans H. De Boer, Tony Fracasso, Elena Kranioti, Philippe Lefévre, Niels Lynnerup, Anja Petaros, Ann Ross, Maryna Steyn, Cristina Cattaneo

One of the goals of the Forensic Anthropology Society of Europe (FASE) is to map the existing education and practice opportunities in the field of forensic anthropology in order to support the development of the discipline and to optimize the training courses provided by the Society. To address this goal, an online questionnaire was sent to European and South African practitioners of forensic anthropology and related disciplines in 2016. The results of the questionnaire showed that the status and roles of forensic anthropologists vary depending on the national legal systems, education, and employment status of the practitioners. Despite the fact that the expertise of forensic anthropologists has been increasingly requested in a variety of investigations and the spectrum of tasks has become broader, including identification of living persons, specialized education in forensic anthropology is still restricted to a few graduate and postgraduate programs in European countries and to annual FASE courses.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Forensic Sciences
Volume64
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)1017-1025
ISSN0022-1198
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2019

    Research areas

  • education, forensic anthropology, forensic science, identification, practice, survey

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