The Benefits of a Cooperative Approach: Case Studies from Lancaster County, Nebraska

  • John Oladapo Obafunwa
  • Karl ReinhardEmail author
  • Emily Hammerl


Forensic archaeology investigations must adhere to state laws. First, the state has a coroner’s physician arrangement to adapt to the fact that each county attorney acts as that county’s coroner. The county attorney employs forensic specialists to provide him/her with the expertise to act as the coroner. Second, the Nebraska Unmarked Human Burial Sites and Skeletal Remains Protection Act mandates the assistance of an archaeologist at the discovery site of skeletal remains. Since the establishment of the University of Nebraska – Lincoln Forensic Science Program, faculty have been involved in investigations. This chapter reviews these arrangements through time and presents some recent cases.


Forensic anthropology Dismemberment Disarticulation Cremation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • John Oladapo Obafunwa
    • 1
  • Karl Reinhard
    • 2
    Email author
  • Emily Hammerl
    • 3
  1. 1.Lagos State University College of MedicineIkejaNigeria
  2. 2.Professor and Fulbright ScholarSchool of Natural Resources University of Nebraska – LincolnLincolnUSA
  3. 3.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of Nebraska – LincolnLincolnUSA

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