Department of Anthropology News

WDBJ 7: Lexington woman has personal ties to the Body Farm

Roanoke, Virginia-based television station WDBJ 7 recently featured a story about a woman who has ties to UT’s Forensic Anthropology Center, also known as the Body Farm. The woman’s mother donated her body to help further the center’s research. Read and watch the story here.

Gizmodo: The Science Behind Dogs That Detect Dead Bodies

Gizmodo recently highlighted two studies conducted at UT’s Forensic Anthropology Center–also known as the Body Farm–that discuss the chemical vapors and compounds produced by the body during decomposition. Read the story here.

Jan Simek’s Work with Ancient Cave Art Makes Great Discoveries List


The Weather Channel’s website has a roundup called Hidden America: Amazing Discoveries in Every State that includes a photograph of ancient cave drawings and mentions Jan Simek’s exploration of Tennessee’s caves in the state’s listing, No. 42 of the slides.

Linking GEOINT and Archaeology

The United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation’s Trajectory magazine featured Katie Corcoran, a doctoral student in anthropology. Corcoran is a 2014 USGIF scholarship recipient. The funding supports her project that aims to develop a model for the detection of human burials resulting from international war crimes and conflicts. To read the story, Trajectory‘s website.

Professor Awarded for Prehistoric Rock Art Research


Jan Simek has spent decades trekking for miles in complete darkness, contorting his body to fit around rocks, and navigating down muddy and stony slopes. The UT anthropology professor’s work has paid off in the form of big discoveries—and now a big award.

Scientists: Mysterious Kennewick Man Looked Polynesian and Came From Far Away


Richard Jantz, emeritus professor of anthropology, was quoted in an article in The Washington Post about the the mysterious Kennewick Man, who died 9,000 years ago in the Columbia River Valley. “He could have been an Asian,” said  Jantz. “One of the things we always tend to do is underestimate the mobility of early people.”

WBIR: UT “Body Farm” founder critical of MH17 victim recovery


WBIR-TV interviewed Bill Bass, founder of the Forensic Anthropology Center at UT, about the recovery and identification of the remains of the victims of crashed Malaysia Flight 17. Bass said time is working against the forensic experts. For more, visit WBIR-TV’s website.