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 ) and the T. Dale Stewart lifetime achievement award in 2012. Due to his areas of expertise and qualifications, his assistance has been sought by local, state, and federal authorities as well as private interests.
The Kennewick Man, one of North America's oldest and most complete skeletal remains, dated between 8340 to 9200 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.
Meriwether Lewis Scientific Study
In February 2009, at the request of Lewis family representatives, 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 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.
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 Institute, 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 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.
Contributions to Forensic Anthropology
- Berryman, Hugh; Alicja K. Kutyla (11 JAN 2010 online). "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.
- "Dr. Hugh Berryman: Nationally Recognized Forensic Expert". Celebrity Dialogue. 2011-03-22. Retrieved 2011-05-22.
- "Kennewick Man". Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture. 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-25.
- "Kennewick Man Skeletal Find May Revolutionalize Continent's History". ScienceDaily. 2006-04-26. Retrieved 2011-05-25.
- Anne Elliott (2009-07-08). "Descendents of famous explorer hope to dig up truth". Scripps Howard Foundation Wire. Retrieved 2011-05-25.
- "Meriwether Lewis family to take on federal government over long-overdue exhumation". MidSouthNewz.com. Retrieved 2011-05-25.
- Borrell, Brendan (2009-07-08). "News Blog: Was Meriwether Lewis, of Lewis and Clark fame, murdered?". Scientific American. Retrieved 2011-05-25.
- Allison Gorman (Spring 2011). Piece by Piece 14. MTSU Magazine. pp. 28–34. Retrieved 2011-05-22.
- Berryman, Hugh; Smith, Symes (September 1995). "Dr". Journal of Forensic Science. 1995 Sep;40(5):751-4. 1995 Sep;40(5):751-4. (1995 Sep;40(5):751–4.): 1995 Sep;40(5):751–4. PMID 7595316.
- Berryman, Hugh; Gunther (March 2000 Mar). "Dr". Journal of Forensic Sciences. J Forensic Sci. 2000 Mar;45(2):483-7. J Forensic Sci. 2000 Mar;45(2):483-7. (J Forensic Sci. 2000 Mar;45(2):483–7.): J Forensic Sci. 2000 Mar;45(2):483–7. PMID 10782979.
- Berryman, Hugh; Douglas W. Owsley, Avery M. Henderson (online June 2, 2005). "Non-carious interproximal grooves in Arikara Indian dentitions". American Journal of Physical Anthropology. Volume 50, Issue 2,. 50, Issue 2, February 1979 (Volume 50, Issue 2,February 1979): pages 209–212. doi:10.1002/ajpa.1330500209.
- 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. JFS8805 Volume: 33 Issue: 3. 33 Issue: 3 (Volume: 33 Issue: 3): 842–850.