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NCJ Number: 200795 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: Lessons From the Body Farm
Journal: Law Enforcement Technology  Volume:30  Issue:6  Dated:June 2003  Pages:32-38
Author(s): Jennifer Mertens
Editor(s): Ronnie Garrett
Date Published: June 2003
Page Count: 7
Type: Training
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article discusses the research conducted at the Forensic Anthropology Center or Body Farm in Tennessee, and how it aids in teaching law enforcement students, officers and investigators the nature of body decomposition.
Abstract: Located in Knoxville, Tennessee is the Forensic Anthropology Center or Body Farm, a body decomposition farm located at the University of Tennessee. Forensic anthropologists at the center conduct research on body decomposition to learn more about time of death and apply these lessons learned to real world scenarios. This article discusses the type of research conducted and taught at the center and how the research is used to train law enforcement students, as well as officers and investigators in better understanding the nature of body decomposition. The article examines subject areas in body decomposition that are taught at the center to students attending the National Forensic Academy. The subject areas taught include: (1) how human bones can be used to estimate age, sex, ancestry and the structure of skeletal remains; (2) how organic and inorganic compounds within body cells can be used to estimate the time of death; and (3) the effects of corpses exposed to the sun.
Main Term(s): Forensic sciences
Index Term(s): Corpses; Forensic anthropology; Forensic archaeology; Police training; Time of death determination
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