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Antropologická identifikace jedinců z hromadného hrobu

Title in English Anthropological Identification of Skeletal Remains from Mass Grave


Year of publication 2012
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Česká antropologie - časopis České společnosti antropologické
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Field Archaeology, anthropology, ethnology
Keywords Mass Grave; Skeletal Remains; Identification; Gunshot wound; The Second World War; Vysoké Mýto
Description In March 2007 a mass grave containing skeletal remains of five individuals was discovered near the city Vysoké Mýto. The whole location was investigated by the members of Criminal Police Department who found out that according to attendant artefacts the grave came from the 2nd world war period and official investigation was stopped. The skeletal remains where stored at The Department of Forensic Medicine of Charles University in Hradec Králové and then anthropologically analyzed. Because of thoughtless manipulation during excavation the bones of all five individuals were mixed together so the reconstruction of skeleton was the first task of anthropological analysis. Sex, age, race and stature were determinated as well as diseases and trauma. We also try to create the facial reconstructions and we discovered the cause of death; all five individuals were executed by gunshot to the nape.
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