"An arm and a leg... The real cost behind the modern bone trade"
The last few years has seen an exponential increase in concerned reports from members of the public, who have found human remains openly for sale in 'curiosity shops', being offered as raffle prizes, and even as a 'chalice' for serving £120-a-time cocktails at a Halloween party. Are these activities legal? Are they ethical? This talk will explore these questions, the dark history of the trade in human remains, and the real stories behind those now being sold as 'antiques'.
The changing social context relating to the depiction of faces of the dead for forensic identification and archaeological investigation
The depiction of faces of the dead can be a useful forensic tool for promoting identification and post-mortem facial depiction is described as the interpretation of human remains in order to suggest the living appearance of an individual. This paper provides an historical context relating to the changing view of society to the presentation and publication of post-mortem facial depictions and discusses the current ethical, practical and academic challenges associated with these images. In addition, this presentation will discuss the use of this technique to visualise faces of people from the past, including famous historical figures, preserved bodies and archaeological populations.