University of Tennessee has a Body Farm, but what actually happens there? | Know Your Knox

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In 1994, when Patricia Cornwell published her best-selling mystery novel “The Body Farm,” few people outside Tennessee had ever heard the term, let alone knew what a “body farm” was.

The Body Farm − the name commonly used for the University of Tennessee’s Anthropology Research Facility − was the first of its kind to permit systematic study of human decomposition and had been in existence for just 13 years.


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