Department of Anthropology News

News Sentinel: Despite exhaustive efforts, some bodies never get identified

The Knoxville News Sentinel featured the involvement of the Department of Anthropology in NamUs (www.namus.gov). NamUs is the first national resource center for cases of missing persons and unidentified bodies. It allows anyone to cross-check descriptions of a missing person with information about unidentified bodies.

CNN, Reuters, NBC News, and Chicago Tribune: Ancient Tennessee cave paintings show deep thinking by natives

The work of anthropology professor Jan Simek has been featured in multiple news outlets, including CNN. Simek and colleagues from the University of the South, the US Geological Survey, and Mississippi State University spent about a decade and a half documenting rock art of the Cumberland Plateau, which slices across Tennessee between Chattanooga and Nashville. They found common themes, colors, and depictions across the ninety-four sites, fifty of them underground.

Professor Finds Prehistoric Rock Art Connected; Maps Cosmological Belief

It is likely some of the most widespread and oldest art in the United States. Pieces of rock art dot the Appalachian Mountains, and research by anthropology professor Jan Simek, president emeritus of the UT system, finds each engraving or drawing is strategically placed to reveal a cosmological puzzle. The research led by Simek, is published in this month’s edition of the journal Antiquity.

Discovery News: Cave Art Shows Prehistoric Southern Living

Discovery News featured the work of Jan Simek, president emeritus and a distinguished professor of science in the Department of Anthropology, which is published in this month’s edition of Antiquity. Simek’s research finds that the oldest and most widespread collection of prehistoric cave and rock art in the United States has been found in and around Tennessee. The art provides intriguing clues about what life was like for Native American societies more than 6,000 years ago.

Human Rights Week to Feature Talk by Kofele-Kale

The UT Amnesty International chapter will celebrate its third annual Human Rights Week March 11 through 20 with speakers on issues ranging from due process rights in foreign lands to reproduction rights to prisoners wrongly sentenced on death row. The week will kick off with a lecture by Ndiva Kofele-Kale at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, March 11, in the University Center Ballroom. A former UT faculty member, Kofele-Kale is now a professor of public international law at Southern Methodist University. Kofele-Kale, who was born in Cameroon, is leading the defense team representing Marafa Hamidou Yaya, former Secretary General of the Presidency of Cameroon.

Expert on Evolution, Climate Change to Speak at UT

Eugenie-Scott

Eugenie Scott, executive director of the National Center for Science Education, will be giving lectures on November 13 and 14 as part of the Department of Anthropology’s annual capstone courses. Her first lecture, “In the Beginning,” will be at 6:00 p.m. on November 13 in the McClung Museum lecture hall, and is free and open to the public.

What’s Your Big Idea?—Bill Bass

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.”

NBC Tonight Show: Jay Leno on UT Study

NBC late night talk show host Jay Leno had his own interpretation of a study by UT forensic anthropologists that has found American heads are getting larger.