Beyond the Basin: Forensic Archaeology in Tennessee

Author(s): Joanne Devlin

Year: 2017


As professors at Hamilton College, G. Tom Jones and Charlotte Beck taught their students how to engage in research and how to be effective instructors in the classroom. I have used these lessons to build a career in forensic anthropology. My long-term research at the Forensic Anthropology Center at the University of Tennessee has centered on establishing techniques to best examine burned bones and also on the application of geophysical methods to locate clandestine graves. This research has led to improved means for handling, identifying, and recovering burned bone while the geophysical work on experimental graves has demonstrated the utility and reliability of ground penetrating radar in forensic investigations. Importantly, this work has significantly contributed to the development of training programs for students and Law enforcement personnel. The success of my forensic work is directly attributable to the influence of Tom and Charlotte and their dedication to students and anthropological science.

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Beyond the Basin: Forensic Archaeology in Tennessee. Joanne Devlin. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 431113)

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Abstract Id(s): 17623