Charlier, a French forensic medical examiner and specialist in ancient human remains, brings together summaries of his case studies--which include bones and bodies taken from prehistoric caves, charnel houses, royal tombs, and communal burials--to demonstrate what such remains can tell researchers. . . . Delves into historical mysteries: for instance, bottles of wine said to contain the ashes of Joan of Arc instead turn out to hold remnants of burned Egyptian mummies. The book is full of similarly fascinating bits of trivia.
The topics range from the noble nature of prehistoric tribes to a discussion of “solidified putrefaction liquid”. . . . Indeed, they are broad enough to practically guarantee something will be of interest to those who are historically minded.
A series of scientific vignettes showing how forensic science can update our understanding of history.
Illuminates the world of the living.
--Inside Higher Ed