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Body of Evidence: UT using donated corpses in mass grave project with international aspirations

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UT anthropology graduate students Katie Corcoran and Kyle McCormick pause from digging four graves at the University of Tennessee’s Forensic Anthropology Center in February. Photo by Amy Smotherman Burgess/News Sentinel UT anthropology graduate students Katie Corcoran and Kyle McCormick pause from digging four graves at the University of Tennessee’s Forensic Anthropology Center in February. Photo by Amy Smotherman Burgess/News Sentinel

KNOXVILLE, TN (News Sentinel) -- Researchers wanted to bury the 10 bodies on the south bank of Fort Loudoun Lake. They had to do it by hand.

The brush, though bare in winter, was too dense and too sloped for machines. Instead, scientists in February cleared a path leading to the spot where, shovel by shovel, they dug four holes.
Volunteers dig up pieces of topsoil in first of four graves at the University of Tennessee's Forensic Anthropology Center in February.

One grave now holds the piled remains of six people. Another holds three, and another a single body.

A fourth was dug out and then refilled only with dirt, a control for the experiment.

Read more from our news partners at the Knoxville News Sentinel.

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