Body of Evidence: UT using donated corpses in mass grave project - WRCBtv.com | Chattanooga News, Weather & Sports

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

Posted: Updated:
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.

  • NewsMore>>

  • Channel 3 AM Forecast

    Channel 3 AM Forecast

    Warming into Easter weekend
    More
    Mostly cloudy and breezy today.  Perfect Easter Sunday.
    More
  • Warm and cloudy today. Becoming breezy late.

    Warm and cloudy today. Becoming breezy late.

    Saturday, April 19 2014 6:36 AM EDT2014-04-19 10:36:59 GMT
    (WRCB) - Good Saturday. While we have seen a few light sprinkles this morning, the bulk of the rain stayed east and south of the area, and I think that will continue to be the case. For the rest of the day we can expect mostly cloudy skies with a high today of 74. We will see our winds increasing behind the front to 10-20 mph from the northeast.Tonight, the winds die down, and we will see some clearing heading through the overnight.More
    (WRCB) - Good Saturday. While we have seen a few light sprinkles this morning, the bulk of the rain stayed east and south of the area, and I think that will continue to be the case. For the rest of the day we can expect mostly cloudy skies with a high today of 74. We will see our winds increasing behind the front to 10-20 mph from the northeast.Tonight, the winds die down, and we will see some clearing heading through the overnight.
    More
  • Runners from Cleveland to finish trek to Boston on Saturday

    Runners from Cleveland to finish trek to Boston on Saturday

    Saturday, April 19 2014 4:47 AM EDT2014-04-19 08:47:38 GMT
    Johnny Clemons got out of bed and ran a 26.2-mile marathon today - for the eighth day in a row.More
    Johnny Clemons got out of bed and ran a 26.2-mile marathon today - for the eighth day in a row.More
Powered by WorldNow
Can't find what you're looking for?

WRCB-TV
900 Whitehall Road
Chattanooga, TN 37405
(423) 267-5412

WRCB Jobs EEO | FCC Public Files

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WRCB. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.