What is SOFA ?


The Society of Forensic Anthropologists (SOFA) is a U.S. based professional organization comprising over 40 practicing forensic anthropologists.  SOFA began as small group of anthropologists in civil service discussing ways to collaborate and improve the practice of forensic anthropology. The first SOFA meeting took place during the 2003 American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) annual conference in Chicago.  SOFA has been meeting regularly at the AAFS Annual Meeting since that time.

What is Forensic Anthropology ?


Forensic anthropology is the application of the methods of physical anthropology (biological anthropology) to the medicolegal investigation of death.  Physical anthropologists are experts in interpretation and recovery of human skeletal remains.  Forensic anthropologists use their expertise to provide expert opinions to Medical Examiners, Coroners, Law Enforcement, Government Attorneys and other relevant authorities.

Recent Announcements

  • New Board of Directors The membership has voted in the new BOD who will serve for a three year term. Officers were chosen by the new Board:Brian F. Spatola, ChairKatharine Pope, Secretary ...
    Posted Mar 1, 2014, 6:58 AM by Brian Spatola
  • Fruits of NIJ Funded Projects in Forensic Anthropology Available Online Since 2005 the NIJ has supported several Forensic Science Research and Development Awards for research in forensic anthropology. The website containing the final reports and list of pending studies can ...
    Posted Oct 8, 2012, 3:09 PM by Brian Spatola
  • SOFA Atlas Grant Announcement SOFA recently sent out the 2012 announcement for the Atlas Grants for 2013. SOFA Atlas Grants are competitive research grants designed to support and promote research that contributes to the ...
    Posted Sep 30, 2012, 9:10 PM by Brian Spatola
  • Final Syracuse University Forensic Anthropology Workshop This Weekend The last in the series of Syracuse University Dialogues in Forensic Science is taking place over the next three days.  It is too late to sign up to participate, but ...
    Posted Oct 13, 2011, 8:36 AM by Brian Spatola
  • SOFA Bibliography Available for Download The SOFA forensic anthropology bibliography is now available for download in BibTeX format for use in your preferred bibliography reader.  The bibliography is updated as of July of 2011 and ...
    Posted Sep 18, 2011, 10:33 AM by Brian Spatola
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