Cases in Forensic Science

Cases in Forensic Science

Cases of Forensics The American Heritage Dictionary defines Forensics as “the art or study of formal debate; argumentation.” Another definition it gives is “relating to, used in, or appropriate for courts of law or for public discussion”. The Encyclopedia Britannica defines Science as “any system of knowledge that is concerned with the physical world and its phenomena and that entails unbiased observation and systematic experimentation. In general, a science involves a pursuit of knowledge covering general truths or the operations of fundamental laws.” Civil War on the Bluff “In a region close to the bluff’s edge lie several rows of small, flat, marble grave markers, approximately twenty inches long and twelve inches high. Each stone is engraved UNKNOWN CONFEDERATE SOLDIER and rests at the head of a symmetrical, shallow depression. In the 1960’s, during the centennial memorial of the Civil War, Louisiana governor Jimmy Davis commissioned the placement of these marble markers over each of the depressions at Port Hudson. It had been suggested that the depressions represented the long lost graves of Confederate soldiers who had died during the battle there in 1863.” “Over the years, vandalism and erosion had impacted the site. Two decades after the markers were laid, LSU anthropologists were asked to authenticate whether there actually were any burials at the site, and, if so, to determine whether they were soldiers. That field project began in 1987 under the direction of Doug Owsley and continued for six years thereafter….”. Port Hudson, Louisiana was destroyed and about 35,000 men were killed or died of illness. This team started in the local cemetery. “Our archaeological team tested those depressions in 1987, and, yes, they were graves. However, soil stains outlining the shapes of deteriorated coffins suggested graves of adults and children. Additionally, burial artifacts were civilian in nature: plain…


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