Nearly 50 years ago, the Body Farm began with one body, a small plot of land, and a novel idea.

Today, the University of Tennessee Anthropological Research Facility consists of a 2.5-acre wooded plot and instead of just one body, approximately forty bodies are studied at the same time in different scenarios.

Founded by anthropologist William M. Bass, the Anthropological Research Facility is the world’s largest Body Farm, aimed to better understanding the process of decomposition, mainly to assist in criminal investigations.