Hugh Berryman

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Hugh Berryman is a U.S. forensic anthropologist with areas of expertise in blunt force trauma, skeletal remains, and osteology. He is one of only three forensic anthropologists in the state of Tennessee and seventy-four in the nation certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology. Additionally, he has received two awards offered by the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS): the Ellis R. Kerley Award in 2008 (for a research paper on detection of gunshot primer residue on bone[1] ) and the T. Dale Stewart lifetime achievement award in 2012.[2] Due to his areas of expertise and qualifications, his assistance has been sought by local, state, and federal authorities as well as private interests.

Hugh E. Berryman
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Born (1949-05-20) May 20, 1949 (age 72)
Paris, Tn
Alma materUniversity of Tennessee
Known forstudy and analysis of Kennewick Man
Spouse(s)Dr. Treva Berryman
AwardsT. Dale Stewart; Diplomate 31 of American Board of Forensic Anthropology; Ellis R. Kerley Award 2008
Scientific career
FieldsForensic anthropology
InstitutionsMiddle Tennessee State University's Forensic Institute for Research and Education
Doctoral advisorWilliam M. Bass, Ph.D.

Kennewick ManEdit

The Kennewick Man, one of North America's oldest and most complete skeletal remains, dated between 8,340 and 9,200 years old, was discovered in 1996. In 2006, after a long legal battle, a small team, including Hugh Berryman, was allowed to study the 90% intact skeletal remains.[3][4]

Meriwether Lewis Scientific StudyEdit

In February 2009, at the request of Lewis family representatives,[5] a scientific study into the death of Meriwether Lewis was initiated. James E. Starrs, Hugh Berryman, and Kevin Smith led the scientific study to determine if Lewis' death was the suicide historical records indicated or a homicide. The National Park Service owns and manages the park where Lewis is buried in Hohenwald, Tennessee, and has refused[6] to allow the body to be exhumed and examined. In 2011, investigating the theory that Lewis was murdered, The History Channel's Brad Meltzer interviewed Hugh Berryman as a blunt force trauma expert. Berryman discussed the difficulty of suicide as cause of death given the known historical details of the sustained wounds. However, he could not make a definitive assessment without the remains.[7]

Professional BackgroundEdit

Berryman received his Master of Arts and Doctorate of Philosophy in Anthropology from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. He served on the faculty of the Department of Pathology at The University of Tennessee, Memphis and as Director of the Regional Forensic Center in Memphis from 1980 to 2000. He has provided lectures at the Smithsonian Institution, the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, and the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy. His service to his profession is highlighted as the Associate Director of the Southern Institute of Forensic Sciences (2000–2005), consultant to the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command Central Identification Laboratory in Hawaii (U.S. war dead identification), the Office of the Tennessee State Medical Examiner, the Board of Directors for the American Board of Forensic Anthropologists (three terms), and is a member of The Scientific Working Group for Forensic Anthropology (SWGANTH). He was recently named to the Crime Scene/Death Investigation Scientific Area Committee’s (SAC’s) Anthropology Subcommittee within the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) [8] He is currently a Research Professor in the department of Sociology and Anthropology and the Director of the Forensic Institute for Research and Education also housed at Middle Tennessee State University.[9]

Contributions to Forensic AnthropologyEdit

Berryman has made significant academic contributions through his applied research in areas including blunt force trauma such as cranial gunshot wounds,[10][11] archeology,[12] and history.[13]


  1. ^ Berryman, Hugh; Alicja K. Kutyla (March 2010). "Detection of Gunshot Primer Residue on Bone in an Experimental Setting—An Unexpected Finding†". Journal of Forensic Sciences. 55 (2): 488–491. doi:10.1111/j.1556-4029.2009.01264.x. PMID 20070469. S2CID 12764964.
  2. ^ "Dr. Hugh Berryman: Nationally Recognized Forensic Expert". Celebrity Dialogue. 2011-03-22. Retrieved 2011-05-22.
  3. ^ "Kennewick Man". Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture. 2011. Archived from the original on 2011-04-03. Retrieved 2011-05-25.
  4. ^ "Kennewick Man Skeletal Find May Revolutionalize Continent's History". ScienceDaily. 2006-04-26. Retrieved 2011-05-25.
  5. ^ Anne Elliott (2009-07-08). "Descendents of famous explorer hope to dig up truth". Scripps Howard Foundation Wire. Archived from the original on 2011-10-02. Retrieved 2011-05-25.
  6. ^ "Meriwether Lewis family to take on federal government over long-overdue exhumation". Retrieved 2011-05-25.
  7. ^ Borrell, Brendan (2009-07-08). "News Blog: Was Meriwether Lewis, of Lewis and Clark fame, murdered?". Scientific American. Retrieved 2011-05-25.
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  9. ^ Allison Gorman (Spring 2011). "Piece by Piece" (PDF). 14. MTSU Magazine: 28–34. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-08-13. Retrieved 2011-05-22. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  10. ^ Berryman, Hugh; Smith, Symes (September 1995). "Diameter of cranial gunshot wounds as a function of bullet caliber". Journal of Forensic Sciences. 40 (5): 751–4. doi:10.1520/JFS15377J. PMID 7595316.
  11. ^ Berryman, Hugh; Gunther (March 2000). "Keyhole defect production in tubular bone". Journal of Forensic Sciences. 45 (2): 483–7. doi:10.1520/JFS14712J. PMID 10782979.
  12. ^ Berryman, Hugh; Douglas W. Owsley; Avery M. Henderson (February 1979). "Non-carious interproximal grooves in Arikara Indian dentitions". American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 50 (2): 209–212. doi:10.1002/ajpa.1330500209. PMID 375746.
  13. ^ Berryman, Hugh; Potter JO; Oliver S (1988). "The III-Fated Passenger Steamer Sultana: An Inland Maritime Mass Disaster of Unparalleled Magnitude". Journal of Forensic Sciences. 33 (3): 842–850. doi:10.1520/jfs12500j. Archived from the original on 2011-07-24.

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