Clyde Snow spoke to Eyal Weizman in Dublin, Ireland, 26 April 2011.
The application of forensic anthropology in the context of war crime investigations emerged in the mid-1980s with the exhumations undertaken for the junta trials
in Argentina, and gained prominence after the end of the Cold War with exhumations in former Yugoslavia, as well as Central Africa and Guatemala. Dead bodies in mass graves, once simply sites of commemoration, turned into epistemic resources from which precise details of war crimes could be reconstructed as part of a legal process.
Since the 1970s, Clyde Snow has been one of the most prominent forensic anthropologists in the world, examining the remains of King Tutankhamun, the dead from General Custer’s battle at Little Bighorn, and Dr. Josef Mengele, among others. Snow pioneered the use of forensic anthropology in investigating war crimes committed by states, and trained many of the found- ing members of the Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team, with whom he has worked on cases around the world.