By Edwin H. Sutherland, Donald R. Cressey
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The point of these statements was that stature estimation from the long bones still was based on a series of fifty male and fifty female French cadavers, many of them senile, measured by Rollet in 1888-89. The position in Hawaii, I argued, offered the opportunity to combine identification with research and provide a more reliable means for stature estimation based on a youthful American sample. Later I realized that I should have advised Dr. Trotter also to make her acceptance conditional upon being granted perm is- Historical Setting 13 sion in advance to do the research, because after she arrived in Hawaii she was told that she was there to identify the war dead and not to do research.
Lawrence Angel and T. D. Stewart), (4) stature, Historical Setting 15 body build, and facial features (Mildred Trotter) , and (5) educational and administrative aspects (T. D. McCown-1908-1969). One of the concluding statements of the published report on this seminar (Stewart and Trotter, 1955, p. 884) is noteworthy: Like most scientists, [physical anthropologists] have been accustomed to working from the known toward general principles. If they have assumed too often that these general principles can be applied readily to the identification of an unknown individual, whatever disillusionment the discussion produced should be salutary.
Having read somewhere that in the American colonies it was a common practice to enclose a dead body in a "winding sheet" before placing it in a coffin, I have attributed the stain to the copper in the pin used to hold together the folds of the upper end of the sheet. Recently Dr. Angel showed me skulls from Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, exhibiting one or more green stains on some part of the skull. Quite likely, therefore, the stain is a good indication of the antiquity of the burial. Another extraneous bit of evidence of antiquity sometimes recovered with the skeletal remains are coffin nails.
Criminology by Edwin H. Sutherland, Donald R. Cressey