Dr. Robert M. Yohe II, Professor of Anthropology from California State University, Bakersfield, shared his personal cases in forensic anthropology and work with police in modern day forensic science with Dr. Sarah King’s classes at the Ridgecrest campus. “Every bone tells a story,” said Dr. Yohe. “They tell us if this was human or animal. Was this a man or woman? How old was this person? How did they live? And, more importantly how did they die?”
Dr. Yohe spent two hours explaining to the class how forensic anthropologists identify victims to help solve crimes. “Bones don’t necessarily tell us who committed a crime,” said Yoher, “but they can tell us how a person died and if a crime was committed.” To a forensic anthropologist, the analysis of human bones opens the portal of scientific truth that enables the justice system to discover the facts and circumstances surrounding criminal acts.
The Director of the Center for Archaeological Research at CSU Bakersfield, Dr. Yohe has extensive experience in cultural resources management, having worked as a professional archaeologist for both Federal and State agencies during his career. He served as the State Archaeologist and State Historic Preservation Officer for Idaho (1993-1999), and has more than 26 years of experience in western North American archaeology, providing expertise in lithic technology, faunal analysis, and human osteology. Dr. Yohe holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Anthropology from UC Riverside, and a B.A. in Anthropology from CSU San Bernardino. History is, strictly speaking, the study of questions; the study of answers belongs to anthropology and sociology.