There are a number of texts that provide a general introduction to the field of forensic anthropology. Komar and Buikstra 2008 provide a good read and overall picture of some of the questions forensic anthropologists are asked to investigate. Warren, et al. 2008 also provides an overview of the context in which forensic anthropologists may be working in. Similar information is covered by the more recent text Tersigni-Tarrant and Shirley 2013 . More detailed overviews of the methods employed, rather than the questions asked, are well covered and presented in İşcan and Kennedy 1989 ; Byers 2010 ; İşcan and Steyn 2013 ; and Christensen, et al. 2014 . These provide some of the best and most up-to-date texts. A more in-depth discussion of the methods and their development can be found in Dirkmaat 2012 . International perspectives as well as an expansion into forensic medicine and other applications of forensic anthropology (., estimation of age in the living) can be found in other general volumes, which include Schmitt, et al. 2005 as well as Blau and Ubelaker 2009 . Overall, the sources below mainly provide an awareness of the procedures and methods which may be helpful, especially to those wanting to learn about the topic, or those considering studying it and taking it up as a career. In particular they are good texts for physical anthropologists wanting to venture into the forensic sphere, and even for police officers and pathologists who may have an interest in the potential forensic anthropology has to offer, as well as its challenges. The references outlined in this section also serve as a good starting point prior to reading books on specific fields of forensic anthropology. Although there are a number of classical works from the second half of the 20th century, most of the literature included below is more recent.
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