News and Announcements

The Forensic Anthropology Journal is up and running. The journal is sponsored by SOFA and primarily focuses on research, technical advancements, population data, and case studies related to the recovery and analysis of human remains in a forensic context. SOFA members get a discount on journal subscription! Check out the recently published works here:

NIJ funds SOFA Database project 2019

posted Feb 18, 2019, 9:45 PM by Viktor Zaytsev

The National Institute of Justice has awarded Drs. Cris Hughes and Chelsey Juarez a grant  funding FADAMA.  The Forensic Anthropology Database for Assessing Methods Accuracy (FADAMA), is a database tool for tracking forensic anthropological method use, outcome, and accuracy in the actual casework context. The database will address the persistent lack of adequate measures for assessing accuracy and reliability of forensic anthropology methods applied to forensic casework, and  allow forensic anthropologists to  conduct research on methods trends. Active forensic anthropologists can anonymously upload their cases to the database using this link

New Board of Directors

posted Mar 1, 2014, 6:58 AM by Brian Spatola^   [ updated Feb 11, 2018, 5:16 PM by Viktor Zaytsev ]

The membership has voted in the new BOD who will serve for a three year term. Officers were chosen by the new Board:

Katharine Pope, Chair
Chelsey Juarez, Secretary
Wendy Potter McQuade Treasurer
ennifer Love
Brian Spatola
Mark Ingraham
Lauren Zephro

Fruits of NIJ Funded Projects in Forensic Anthropology Available Online

posted Oct 8, 2012, 3:09 PM by Brian Spatola^

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 be found HERE. Several final reports from the 2005-2009 range are available in PDF format.

The NIJ funded software page also has a link for downloading the 3D-ID: Geometric Morphometric Classification of Crania for Forensic Scientists.

Information about current and future funding can be found on the NIJ Funding Homepage.

SOFA Atlas Grant Announcement

posted Sep 30, 2012, 9:10 PM by Brian Spatola^   [ updated Feb 11, 2018, 5:29 PM by Viktor Zaytsev ]

SOFA recently sent out the 2018 announcement for the Atlas Grants for 2018. SOFA Atlas Grants are competitive research grants designed to support and promote research that contributes to the knowledge base of applied forensic anthropology. The SOFA Board of Directors (BOD) will release an annual solicitation to its members. Proposals should not exceed $750. Up to two proposals will be awarded annually. Awards will be announced at the upcoming SOFA General membership meeting held at the annual meeting of the AAFS. Awardees need not be present to receive awarded funding. Proposal review and grant awards will be completed by the SOFA Board of Directors. See below for announcement.

SOFA Bibliography Available for Download

posted Sep 18, 2011, 10:08 AM by Brian Spatola^   [ updated Sep 18, 2011, 10:33 AM ]

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 contains over 3500 references from commonly cited sources (Journal of Forensic Sciences; American Journal of Physical Anthropology, etc) to lesser known and historically relevant sources (Sankhya:Indian Journal of Statistics, Biometrika, New Zealand Dental Journal, etc.)

Author searches which involve international special characters may require searching in other fields due to minor conversion errors.  Please send any comments, deletions or additions to  

The bibliography can be downloaded by clicking on the link found in SOFA Documents.

UTK Forensic Anthropology Center Short Courses May 21- June 15 2018

posted Jun 22, 2011, 7:12 AM by Brian Spatola^   [ updated Mar 11, 2018, 9:49 PM by Viktor Zaytsev ]

The University of Tennessee Knoxville Forensic Anthropology Center (FAC) has a series of short courses during the months of May and June. See the list below for brief descriptions and dates, and for more information please visit

Pathology Course: May 21-23, 2018. Instructor Dr. Dawnie Steadman, Cost $500.

Forensic Anthropology Field Methods: May 29-June 1, 2018, Cost $600.

Methods in Ancestry Estimation: June 4th-6th, 2018. Instructors Dr. Joseph Hefner, Dr. Lee Meadows Jantz, Dr. Richard Jantz, and Dr. Stephen Ousley, Cost $500.

Comparative Osteology: June 13-15, 2018, Cost $375.

New Journal - International Journal of Paleopathology

posted May 31, 2011, 1:17 PM by Brian Spatola^   [ updated May 31, 2011, 1:17 PM ]

The Paleopathology Association's inaugural issue of the International Journal of Paleopathology (March 2011) is now available.

Click here to read an introductory note from editor-in-chief Jane Buikstra.


SOFA Bibliography now has over 3500 references

posted May 27, 2011, 11:22 AM by Brian Spatola^   [ updated Jun 3, 2011, 8:45 AM ]

The SOFA forensic anthropology bibliography now has over 3500 references from 1850 (Parkman Murder Trial) to Present.  References include international textbooks and journal articles with relevance to the theory, practice and history of forensic anthropology.  References are drawn from the fields of Physical Anthropology, Forensic Science, Clinical and Forensic Medicine, Biology, Statistics and more.  The last update occurred on April 20, 2011.

In order to use the bibliography you have to do the following.

1. become a member of Zotero at
2. download the most recent helper add-on application which works only with the Firefox browser.
3. Join the SOFA bibliography group
4. Add your account information to the application
5. Sync the bibliography to the app.

The bibliography can be found at the following link:

SWGANTH Meeting in DC this Week

posted May 23, 2011, 7:16 PM by Brian Spatola^   [ updated May 23, 2011, 7:38 PM ]

The Scientific Working Group for Forensic Anthropology (SWGANTH) is having its Spring meeting this week May 25-27, 2011 at the NTSB Headquarters in Washington D.C.  More information can be found on their website 

SOFA Forensic Anthropology Bibliography Available Free through

posted Jul 11, 2010, 4:13 PM by Brian Spatola^   [ updated Jul 11, 2010, 4:19 PM ]

Members of SOFA have compiled a bibliography of forensic anthropology texts as a quick reference for practicing anthropologists, researchers and students. It is currently hosted at, a free citation management tool, that only requires registration and installation of a helper application for use with the Firefox browser.

To access the bibliography follow the instruction on the SOFA bibliography page here at FA Bibliography.

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