The Anthropology Subcommittee focuses on standards and guidelines related to application of anthropological methods and theory, particularly those relating to the recovery and analysis of human remains.
Thomas Holland, Ph.D., Subcommittee Chair, U.S. Department of Defense Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command
Diane France, Ph.D., Subcommittee Vice Chair, Human Identification Laboratory of Colorado
Todd Fenton, Ph.D., Subcommittee Executive Secretary, Michigan State University
Eric Bartelink, Ph.D., California State University at Chico
William Belcher, Ph.D., U.S. Department of Defense Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command
Hugh Berryman, Ph.D., Middle Tennessee State University
Donna Catherine Boyd, Ph.D., Radford University
Sharon Derrick, Ph.D., Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences
Paul Emanovsky, Ph.D., DoD JPAC-CIL
Kristen Hartnett, Ph.D., Office of Chief Medical Examiner, New York City
Joseph Hefner, Ph.D., Michigan State University
Jennifer Love, Ph.D., Office Chief Medical Examiner, Washington D.C.
Wendy McQuade, Ph.D., UNT Health Science Center, Center for Human Identification
Owen Middleton, M.D., Hennepin County (Minnesota) Medical Examiner's Office
Nicholas Passalacqua, Ph.D., U.S. Department of Defense Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command
Vincent Sava, U.S. Department of Defense Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command
Douglas Scott, Ph.D., Consultant
Richard Thomas, Ph.D., U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation
- None currently
- Under Development:
- Standard for Ancestry Estimation in Forensic Anthropology
- Standard for Age Estimation in Forensic Anthropology
- Standard for Anthropology Scene Detection and Processing
- Standard for Identifying and Describing Pathological Conditions and Anomalies in Forensic Anthropology
- Standard for Qualifications in Forensic Anthropology
- Standard for Determining Medicolegal Significance in Forensic Anthropology
- Standard for Skeletal Sampling and Preparation in Forensic Anthropology
- Standard for Resolving Co-mingled Remains in Forensic Anthropology
- Standard for Trauma Analysis in Forensic Anthropology
- Standard for Personal Identification in Forensic Anthropology
- Standard for Taphonomic Observations in Forensic Anthropology
- Standard for Documentation, Reporting and Testimony
- Standard for Proficiency Testing in Forensic Anthropology
- Work Product Sent to SDO:
- ASB Best Practice Recommendation 089, Facial Approximation in Forensic Anthropology, First Edition, 2019
- ASB Standard 090, Standard for Sex Estimation in Forensic Anthropology, First Edition
- SDO Published:
- Entered OSAC Registry Approval Process: None currently
See the Research & Development Needs identified by the Anthropology subcommittee.
The Forensic Science Standards Board (FSSB) has provided the opportunity for OSAC Subcommittees to identify baseline documents and reference materials that best reflect the current state of the practice within their respective disciplines.
These documents contain practical information regarding these disciplines that can help forensic scientists, judges, lawyers, researchers, other interested parties and the general public, to better understand the nature, scope, and foundations of the individual disciplines as they are currently practiced.
It is important to note that the identification of these documents in this venue does not represent an endorsement by OSAC or NIST. Only documents that are posted on the OSAC Registries constitute OSAC endorsement. All copyrights for these documents are reserved by their owners. Subcommittee position statements or responses to data collections by the subcommittee represent the consensus opinion of the subcommittee, not necessarily the position of the entire OSAC organization or NIST.
* The documents below originated from the former FBI/DoD sponsored SWGANTH working group. The website SWGANTH.org as of November 13, 2018 is not affiliated with the former FBI/DoD sponsored group of the same name.
None at this time.
In general, the development of standards and guidelines is transitioning from the Scientific Working Groups (SWGs) to the OSAC. Some SWGs will continue to operate to provide other resources within their discipline. The existing SWG documents will remain in effect until updated documents are disseminated by the OSAC or the SWG. SWGDAM will retain the responsibility for updating the FBI DNA Quality Assurance Standards.
– Forensic Science Standards Board: March 2015