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
Forensic Anthropology Center News
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.
This week’s featured partnership is the Forensic Anthropology Center, which offers training to law enforcement, as well as assistance with identification of remains, at the world’s first natural outdoor lab developed for forensic studies. Center members also work on international recovery efforts and teach in the National Forensic Academy, a training program in evidence identification, collection, and preservation.
Local Memphis this week highlighted the story of a retired West Tennessee attorney who has been investigating the cold case of the first NAACP member killed in the United States fighting for civil rights. Jim Emison turned to UT’s Forensic Anthropology Center, also known as the Body Farm, last year for help in finding Elbert Williams’ body. The
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 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.
Roanoke, Virginia, television station WDBJ7 visited the Forensic Anthropology Center and spoke to Dawnie Steadman about the work the center does.
The Knoxville News Sentinel and WBIR-TV featured an internship for Knox County high school students in forensic anthropology. Fifteen juniors and seniors wrapped up a two-week internship at the Forensic Anthropology Center November 21. They learned how to identify human bones, DNA, and other forensic skills. This is the program’s first year, and professors say
Give fifteen Knox County high school students a hip bone and they can tell you if the person it belongs to was male, female, young, middle-aged, or old.