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Fatal gunshot trauma of a child: A case from colonial Cyprus

Eliopoulos, C, Moraitis, K, Borrini, M, Irish, J, Kallis, X, Manoli, P, Chimonas, M and Cariolou, M (2023) Fatal gunshot trauma of a child: A case from colonial Cyprus. Medicine, Science and the Law. pp. 1-4. ISSN 0025-8024

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Forensic science has made some significant contributions to the investigation of human rights abuses related to armed conflicts, especially in the last 40 years. Some investigations are aimed at the collection of evidence in order to prosecute those responsible, while others are humanitarian in nature. This paper presents the multidisciplinary effort to recover and identify the remains of a 7-year-old child who was shot by British colonial forces in Cyprus in 1956. An investigation led to the discovery of the burial site, and archaeological methods were used to recover the remains. The anthropological examination provided information about the age of the child, as well as the nature of the skeletal trauma present. DNA results confirmed the identity of the victim, and the remains were released to the surviving family members for burial.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cyprus; DNA analysis; Forensic anthropology; colonialism; gunshot trauma; identification; 1103 Clinical Sciences; 1801 Law
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA1001 Forensic Medicine. Medical jurisprudence. Legal medicine
Divisions: Biological & Environmental Sciences (from Sep 19)
Publisher: SAGE Publications
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2023 10:34
Last Modified: 03 Oct 2023 14:52
DOI or ID number: 10.1177/00258024231202563
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/21678
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