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Death in leap from car ruled accident, but cause disputed
Post date: 2015-07-09 09:56

PITTSBURGH (AP) — State authorities have ruled accidental the death of a mentally ill woman whose parents say she jumped out of their car on a highway, but a scientist who examined her remains for police disagrees with the official findings on what killed her.


Symes' book expands upon burned bone trauma
Post date: 2015-07-02 14:00

Mercyhurst University forensic anthropologist Steven Symes, Ph.D., has co-authored the second edition of The Analysis of Burned Human Remains with Christopher Schmidt, Ph.D., of the University of Indianapolis; their first edition was published in 2008. Seven years later, these celebrated experts on burned bone trauma have added nine new chapters showcasing research from many regions of the world, including cremated human remains found recently in Alaska, which have proven to be the oldest in the New World. The book also examines previously underreported populations in Italy, Mexico, Southeast Asia and Jordan that cremated their dead.

Human remains found at FLCC's Geneva site
Post date: 2015-07-02 10:37

Standing in 4-foot trenches of wet clay and soil, a team of forensic archaeologists from Mercyhurst College are using the tools of the trade — specialized trowels, dustpans and their hands and know-how — in search of human remains.

The team on Wednesday identified a third set of human remains at the site of the Finger Lakes Community College campus in Geneva.

Heritage Festival features MAI
Post date: 2015-06-26 10:12

Speakers and presenters will also be from the Pennsylvania State Museum, Mercyhurst University Archaeological Institute, Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Village, the French Creek Valley Conservancy, the French Creek Archaeological Society, regional historian Carl Burkett will also have a special presentation on the hunter/gather Woodlawn period.

MAI dig suggests human presence at Old Vero Man site
Post date: 2015-06-24 14:46

Were he alive today, E.H. Sellards, Florida state geologist in the early 1900s, would likely have reveled in the validation of his controversial theory that humans co-existed with large prehistoric animals some 14,000 years ago in Vero Beach, Florida. And he would have had the Mercyhurst Archaeological Institute (MAI) to thank.

Simon Kramer hosts forensic science symposium
Post date: 2015-06-24 14:35

Dennis Dirkmaat of Mercyhurst University, Erie, explained how forensic anthropology can assist law enforcement when human remains are found.

Meadowcroft Celebrating 60th Anniversary
Post date: 2015-06-24 14:30

This season, Meadowcroft will celebrate the 60th anniversary of farmer Albert Miller’s discovery of the rockshelter, which is the oldest known site of human habitation in North America.

Revisiting Old Vero Man
Post date: 2015-06-24 14:14

Read the most recent article on the Old Vero Man Site excavation from American Archaeological Magazine Vol. 19 No. 2, Summer 2015.