Lectures are scheduled to be held inside the Irving J. Gill Auditorium at the SDMoM’s
administrative building (located just west of the main museum building) at 11:00 a.m.

Lecture cost: Price of museum admission; free to SDMoM members.



Madeleine Hinkes, PhD Professor of Anthropology, San Diego Mesa College; Forensic Anthropology
Consultant to the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office and the Imperial County Coroner’s Office

A discussion of taphonomy (the study of decaying organisms over time) in Southern
California, using forensic cases to assess postmortem (after death) interval. Dr. Hinkes will
address specifically how natural mummification differs from artificial mummification and
what role climate plays in the mummification process.