A newly assembled human skeletal reference collection of modern and identified Filipinos

Matthew Go (Corresponding Author), Amanda Lee, Jana A. D. Santos, Nicole M.C. Vesagas, Rebecca Crozier

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A collection of 75 modern skeletons from the Philippines has recently been created, and is being housed at the Archaeological Studies Program of the University of the Philippines, Diliman, Philippines. All individuals lived during the 20th century, and almost all died within the 21st century. These individuals were accessioned from exhumed and abandoned tombs at the Manila North Cemetery, and most have documented age and sex from tombstone inscriptions. This paper describes the first season of recovery and the collection’s current demographic composition, with the future addition of more individuals to the collection expected to follow. The Philippines has an immediate need for forensic resources given its large vulnerable population, widespread diaspora, and exposure to natural disasters. Having a collection of modern Filipinos available for study is critical to the advancement of forensic anthropology and skeletal biology, especially for this heavily understudied population and region of the world.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)128.e1-128.e5
Number of pages5
JournalForensic Science International
Early online date25 Nov 2016
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2017


  • forensic anthropology
  • human skeletal biology
  • reference collection
  • Southeast Asia
  • Philippines
  • Forensic anthropology population data


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