Etymology[ edit ] Monument near the old site of Tanasi in Monroe County The earliest variant of the name that became Tennessee was recorded by Captain Juan Pardothe Spanish explorer, when he and his men passed through an American Indian village named "Tanasqui" in while traveling inland from South Carolina.
Donation of your body to the Department of Anthropology does not prevent donation of other tissues or organs. There is no cost to you or your family for the donation of your body to the Department of Anthropology.
If you are in Tennessee and within miles of Knoxville we can pick up your body at no charge. Please be aware that we cannot remove donor bodies from hospice facilities, nursing homes or private residences so a funeral home will need to be called, even if the death occurs within miles of Knoxville.
If you are more than miles from Knoxville, or outside the state of Tennessee regardless of mileage at the time of your death, your family will be responsible for arranging transportation of your body to our facility.
Please contact a local funeral service to discuss the necessary arrangements. If you wish to donate your body: Click here for the complete Body Donation Packet. In the packet, you will need to complete and return the Body Donation Document. The document requires two additional signatures.
We also recommend that you seek the advice of a private attorney to assure that the document accomplishes your intent and is consistent with any existing testamentary documents.
In the packet, you will need to complete and return the Biological Questionnaire. It is very helpful to have documentation of known medical conditions if at all possible.
All information is considered confidential. Please send a photograph of yourself via mail to keep in our records.
We request a photograph so research involving facial reconstruction and photographic superimposition as a means for identifying unknown individuals may be conducted on skeletal remains of known individuals.
You will receive a Donor Card to keep in your records and assist you in making your wishes known. If you are a funeral home seeking to make arrangements for an already deceased individual, please contact the Forensic Anthropology Center directly at If you are a researcher interested in research opportunities using the FAC facilities and collections, please refer to the Research page for more information.Do you return remains or cremains to my family after you are finished with the research?
We do not return remains to the family because we continue to utilize the skeletal remains in research indefinitely. I live in a state other than Tennessee but I would like to donate my body to your facility.
Do you take out-of-state donations? Yes. We work to protect and promote programs that are vital to children’s health by educating the community and mobilizing support for policies and practices that ensure that all of Tennessee’s children can thrive. William P. Hill (Weakley County, Tennessee) See also: Hille Family Surname.
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