Anthropology's Palmiotto Teaches Middle and High School Students about Forensics

Posted on 12/14/2018 1:59:44 PM

Andrea Palmiotto (Anthropology) recently visited the Saltsburg Middle/High School Science Club to talk with students about Forensic Anthropology. 

Forensic Anthropologists examine human skeletal remains to assist in the identification of unknown individuals in medical or legal contexts. Palmiotto discussed the types of methods and analyses used by forensic anthropologists to effect identifications.

Her talk focused on identification efforts of individuals associated with the USS Oklahoma, an ongoing project at the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA). The USS Oklahoma capsized as a result of the December 7, 1941 bombing of Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. More than 400 individuals from the ship lost their lives as a result of the attack, but they could not be identified with available technologies at that time. Since 2015, large-scale identification efforts have been ongoing, due in part to advances in forensic anthropology methods and DNA analyses that were not available in the 1940s.

Anthropology Department