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The East Tennessee Society of the Archaeological Institute of America and UT’s McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture will continue their annual lecture series Thursday, January 16.

The first lecture will feature UT professor Dawnie Steadman, a skeletal biologist who specializes in forensic anthropology, bioarchaeology, and human rights investigations. Steadman will talk about the research on mass grave exhumations being conducted by UT’s Forensic Anthropology Center.

Steadman, the director of the center, leads a research project there—the first of its kind—that uses various technologies to detect mass graves.

The 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. event will be in the McClung Museum’s auditorium.

The lecture series invites scholars from around the world to present the latest archaeological discoveries. It is free and open to the public.

The next lecture is February 20 and will feature UT anthropology professor Walt Klippel. Titled “North American Antebellum Foodways: Challenges for Faunal Identifications from Enslaved African and Euro American Contexts,” it will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the McClung Museum’s auditorium.

The McClung Museum is located at 1327 Circle Park Drive. It is open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. After 4:00 p.m. parking is available on a first-come, first-serve basis on Circle Park Drive. Additional parking information is available online.

For more information about the McClung Museum and its collections and exhibits, visit the website.

The Archaeological Institute of America is North America’s oldest and largest archaeological organization. The East Tennessee Society was founded in 1973 as the local chapter of the organization and aims to promote the knowledge, study of, and interest in archaeology and related subjects.


Erin Darby (865-974-6977,

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