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KNOXVILLE — Bill Bass and the Body Farm are synonymous with the field of forensic anthropology at the University of Tennessee and around the world.

Bass’ lecture on his newest book and his exciting experiences will be a highlight of the “Forensic Anthropology” exhibit at McClung Museum on campus. The exhibit opened Jan. 19 and runs through May 7.

Bass will talk about “The Devil’s Bones and Other Stories” at 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 17, at the museum. Afterward, he will be available to sign “The Devil’s Bones” and other books he’s co-written with Jon Jefferson under the alias Jefferson Bass. Bass is a professor emeritus but stays busy as a consultant and lecturer.

“The Devil’s Bones” is the third in the Body Farm Novels series featuring the main character Bill Brockton, a forensic anthropologist.

The exhibit at McClung Museum showcases the science of forensic anthropology, which is the study of human skeletal remains to help law enforcement identify the bones. The exhibit features bones, plastic replicas and some real specimens from UT’s Forensic Anthropology Center, which includes the Anthropology Research Facility, better known as the Body Farm, where human decomposition is studied.

The exhibit shows how scientists identify bones and sometimes determine the cause of death. Some images may not be suitable for young children.

Some of Bass’ colleagues at UT also will give lectures.

• 2 p.m., Sunday, March 30 — Lee Meadows Jantz, co-curator of the exhibit and coordinator at the Forensic Anthropology Center, will discuss “Reading the Remains,” and forensic artist Joanna Hughes will discuss “Facial Reconstruction.”

• 2 p.m., Sunday, April 13 — Murray Marks, co-curator of the exhibit and associate professor at the Forensic Anthropology Center, will discuss “Research at the Anthropology Research Facility.”

McClung Museum is located in Circle Park on campus. The museum is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Admission is free.

For more information, go to http://mcclungmuseum.utk.edu/.


Elizabeth Davis, UT media relations, (865) 974-5179, elizabeth.davis@tennessee.edu

Vera Bremseth, McClung Museum, (865) 974-2144, vbremse1@utk.edu