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Cremated Remains Analysis

Dr. Passalacqua has performed a number of analyses of human cremations in order to assess identity.

Cremated remains analysis

Sometimes there are accidental mix-ups at a funeral home or crematorium, or some other reason to question the legitimacy or identity of an individual after a cremation. Commercial cremation of remains is a highly destructive process. However, depending on the extent of the cremation it may still possible to estimate the sex of the individual and/or to observe small fragments of bone, tooth, or metal which can assist in the analysis

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Contact Dr. Nicholas V. Passalacqua

Western Carolina University
Anthropology and Sociology Dept
101 McKee Building
Cullowhee, NC

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