Unit of Forensic Anthropology – University of Copenhagen

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Unit of Forensic Anthropology

Forensic anthropology

Forensic anthropology may be defined as the application of biological or physical anthropology in the service of justice. Thus, our unit performs forensic anthropological analysis on the request of the police. One main area is the analysis of human remains. Often these analyses are carried out in close cooperation with forensic pathologists.

Analysis of surveillance pictures and videos is another area of investigation. A typical case would be a bank robbery, where the perpetrator has been caught on camera. If the police find a suspect, any likeness between a suspect and the perpetrator can be analysed. 

Biological anthropology

Apart from forensic anthropological analyses, we also carry out studies of historic and pre-historic human remains on behalf of Danish archaeologists. The Unit of Forensic Anthropology curates a large collection of prehistoric and historic human skeletons of more than 30,000 items, covering finds from the Mesolithic age to the 17th century from Danish archaeological excavations world-wide.