In a trend that can be identified going back to the mid-1800s, U.S. skulls have gotten bigger, taller and narrower as seen from the front, said Richard and Lee Jantz, forensic anthropologists at UT.
Department of Anthropology News
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.
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.
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.
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.