Chapter 1 provides an overview for studying massacres from bioarchaeological and forensic anthropology perspectives. Various definitions of massacres and the difficulties of identifying one description of massacres that applies to all cultural and geographic contexts are explored. The idea that group-targeted structural violence resulting in mass death may also be defined as a type of massacre is then considered. Finally, contemporary examples of massacres are discussed in order to better understand the processes involved in this form of violence.
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