Department of Anthropology News

Forensic Anthropologists Find American Heads are Getting Larger

White Americans’ heads are getting bigger. That’s according to research by forensic anthropologists at UT. Researchers examined 1,500 skulls dating back to the mid-1800s through the mid-1980s. They noticed US skulls have become larger, taller, and narrower as seen from the front and faces have become significantly narrower and higher.

UT to Host Lecture, Music Performance Honoring Lumbee Indians Nov. 20

The history of the Lumbee Indians of North Carolina in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries will be explored next week through a public lecture and concert at UT Knoxville. The Lumbee music group “Dark Water Rising,” winners of a 2010 Native American Music award, will perform from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., Sunday, November 20, in the University Center auditorium.

Public Invited to Comment on UT-NEH Study

The National Endowment for the Humanities invites the public’s input on an NEH-funded study of three sites in Virginia where former slave quarters are thought to have stood. Barbara Heath, assistant professor of anthropology at UT Knoxville, is conducting the study, which will identify and excavate the Wingos site on two historic properties.

Counterpunch: Informational Uncertainty in the Wake of Japan’s Nuclear Crisis

Assistant Professor of Anthropology Gregory Button wrote an op-ed for Counterpunch entitled “Informational Uncertainty in the Wake of Japan’s Nuclear Crisis.” The piece discusses the reasons and ramifications of why public officials withhold or manipulate information during times of tragedy.

UT Science Forum: Professor Discusses Teaching Evolution in Tennessee

What do students understand – and not understand – about evolution and the nature of science? Andrew Kramer, professor and head of the Department of Anthropology at UT Knoxville, will discuss the misinformed ideas held by students taking introductory biological anthropology classes.