Twenty-four law enforcement personnel from thirteen agencies across the United States are taking part in a five-day outdoor recovery course this week at the Anthropology Research Facility. They are recovering human remains and learning how to obtain evidence from decomposed and buried bodies. The training will better prepare them for the range and variation of homicide scenes
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Forbes magazine highlighted UT’s Anthropology Research Facility, commonly known as the Body Farm, as one of the best in the nation that conducts pioneering research and works with law enforcement to bring killers to justice. The facility is the first of its kind in the world. It also has generated the William M. Bass Donated Skeletal Collection, the
Real-life crime scene investigators will excavate human remains, obtain fingerprints from decomposed bodies and collect insect evidence as part of a course at UT this month.
Faculty, staff, students, and alumni are sharing the big ideas that make a difference in their world. Bill Bass, a professor emeritus of forensic anthropology, had the big idea to start the Forensic Anthropology Center, also known as the “Body Farm.”
This Saturday’s Pregame Showcase, prior to the Vols football game against Alabama, will look at how forensic anthropology helps locate and identify crime victims and missing persons. Dawnie Steadman, anthropology professor and director of the Forensic Anthropology Center, commonly known as the Body Farm, will present The Tales Bones Tell at 5:00 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom.
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, dedicated the new William M. Bass Forensic Anthropology Building Tuesday in a ceremony that celebrated the achievements of the world-renowned forensic anthropologist. UT Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek also announced Bass’s recent commitment to give his papers to the UT Libraries.
A news team from KOMO 4 TV in Seattle, Washington, recently visited UT Knoxville’s Anthropological Research Facility, also known as the ‘Body Farm.’ The team spoke with forensic anthropologist and professor emeritus William Bass and assistant coordinator Rebecca Taylor about the unique educational experience the facility offers to students.