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Encyclopedia > William M. Bass

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Dr. William M. Bass is a forensic anthropologist renowned for his research on human osteology and human decomposition. He has also assisted federal, local, and non-US authorities in the identification of human remains. He taught at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, and though currently retired from teaching, still plays an active research role at the Forensic Anthropology Research Facility, which he founded. The Facility is more popularly known as the "Body Farm", a name given to the site by crime author Patricia Cornwell in a novel of the same name, which drew inspiration from Dr. Bass and his work. Bass has also described the body farm as "Death's Acre" - the title of the bestselling book on his life and career, cowritten with journalist Jon Jefferson. Osteology is the scientific study of bones. ... The University of Tennessee (UT), sometimes called the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UT Knoxville or UTK), is the primary institution of the statewide land-grant University of Tennessee system, Tennessees flagship public university. ... Knoxville is a city located in Knox County, Tennessee, United States. ... The Body Farm, or the University of Tennessee Forensic Anthropology Facility is a facility located near Knoxville, Tennessee. ... Patricia Cornwell (born June 9, 1956) is the author of a popular series of crime novels featuring the fictional heroine Dr. Kay Scarpetta, who is a medical examiner for a Virginia police department. ...


Biography

Dr. Bass attended the University of Virginia for his undergraduate degree, and received his master's from the University of Kentucky. He completed his Ph.D in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1961. His research career began as an archaeologist, excavating Native American grave sites in the Midwest during the 1950s. He mentions in "Death's Acre", somewhat humorously, that this activity earned him the informal title "Indian grave-robber number one" from the local Native American leaders. The University of Virginia (also referred to as UVa and often called simply Virginia for short) is a research university in Charlottesville, Virginia. ... The University of Kentucky (also as UK or simply Kentucky) is a public, co-educational university located in Lexington, Kentucky. ... Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. ... Anthropology (from the Greek word άνθρωπος = human) consists of the study of humankind (see genus Homo). ... 1961 was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... Archaeology or sometimes in American English archeology (from the Greek words αρχαίος = ancient and λόγος = word/speech) is the study of human cultures through the recovery, documentation and analysis of material remains, including architecture, artefacts, biofacts, human remains, and landscapes. ... Native Americans (also Indians, Aboriginal Peoples, American Indians, First Nations, Alaskan Natives, Amerindians, or Indigenous Peoples of America) are the indigenous inhabitants of The Americas prior to the European colonization, and their modern descendants. ... Millennia: 1st millennium - 2nd millennium - 3rd millennium Events and trends Technology United States tests the first fusion bomb. ... Native Americans (also Indians, Aboriginal Peoples, American Indians, First Nations, Alaskan Natives, Amerindians, or Indigenous Peoples of America) are the indigenous inhabitants of The Americas prior to the European colonization, and their modern descendants. ...


External Links

  • [1] (http://deathsacre.com) Official Site for Death's Acre Book by Bill Bass and Jon Jefferson

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