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Nebraska Anthropologist (2024) 30


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Review of Soil Analysis in Forensic Taphonomy Chemical and Biological Effects of Buried Human Remains, edited by Mark Tibbett and David O. Carter. 2008. CRC Press, Taylor and Francis Group, Boca Raton, Florida. vii + 340 pp. US $47.35 (alk. paper), ISBN 978-1-4200-6991-4. Reviewed by Erik Schulz School of Global Integrative Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

The content in this book is easy to read and understand as the authors and editors took time to simplify scientific terms and made sure to put the information in both scientific terms as well as simple enough for the public to understand. This book is a great read for someone wanting to learn about why soil is important for crime scene analysis, and other disciplines that may be in a similar situation. The work is very informative and stresses the importance of not looking over simple evidence such as soil, fungi, or invertebrates. This book was published in 2008, but the material is still up to date, except for some improvements in technology. I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to go into forensic anthropology, archaeology or any other field that may have to do with any type of remains or biological material, soil, or environmental changes of organic material.

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