Heart and Soil

When Dr. Dawnie Steadman spoke to the FBI Knoxville Citizens Academy Alumni Association last year, I was impressed with her dedication to forensic human rights investigations. Before joining the University of Tennessee as director of the Forensic Anthropology Center, Dr. Steadman had accumulated a lot of experience excavating mass graves in areas of conflict.

Sunday’s News Sentinel has some great articles about new mass grave research at UT. A team of researchers, led by Dr. Amy Mundorff, dug four graves in an previously unused area that has been added to the Body Farm. They put a different number of donated corpses in each grave: six in the first, three in the second, one in the third and none in the fourth. They will use the latest technology to study the sample graves in the hope that the results of the project will help investigators find the victims of war crimes and other atrocities.

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