Mass Grave Project Part Of Human Rights Initiative

Oct 25, 2013

UT Anthropology graduate student Katie Corcoran (left) digs the first shovel of dirt with volunteer Devin White (right) for one of four graves at the Forensic Anthropology Center, in February of 2013. The mass grave research project will observe ten bodies for three years, detecting changes in the ground and looking at multispectral imagery. (PHOTO BY AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS / NEWS SENTINEL)

A new experiment is underway at the University of Tennessee’s Forensic Anthropology Center, at the world-famous “Body Farm”.

Anthropology graduate student Katie Corcoran is studying four new graves, specifically mass graves. Corcoran and her team are measuring the changes that occur as the human remains deteriorate.

Corcoran and Devin White, a Senior Research Scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, spoke with WUOT’s Chrissy Keuper about the experiment and the technology they’re putting to use…