Walter E. Klippel & Paul W. Parmalee
The zooarchaeological comparative collection at the University of Tennessee was established in the early 1970s and currently includes over 9,500 vertebrates and 1500 mollusks. During the last two and a half decades it has become one of the largest of its kind in eastern North America. The collection has proven invaluable for both research and public service, and is utilized extensively in several courses offered through the Department of Anthropology. It also serves as an indispensable reference for students completing graduate theses and dissertations in zooarchaeology. Recent support from the National Science Foundation has facilitated computerization and reorganization of the collection into heavy use versus basic research components. This has greatly increased our ability to accommodate researchers from outside the department.