Tracy C. Brown is President of the Oak Ridge Archaeological Research Institute. He is also a Professional Archaeologist, Environmental Scientist, Technical Editor, and Science Writer. Mr. Brown was born in Nashville, Tennessee, and grew up in Gallatin, Tennessee, which is the county seat of Sumner County, one of the most archaeologically and historically significant counties in the state. He graduated from Gallatin Senior High School in 1971 and enrolled as a student at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee, where he studied geology. In 1974, he transferred to the University of Tennessee main campus in Knoxville, Tennessee, to study anthropology and American archaeology. He received his B.A. degree (Summa Cum Laude) in anthropology in 1976. Upon graduation, he immediately enrolled in graduate school at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. While in graduate school, he worked on several large-scale archaeological projects conducted for the Tennessee Valley Authority and U.S. National Park Service (Tellico Archaeological Project, Normandy Archaeological Project, Columbia Archaeological Project, and Averbuch Archaeological Project). In addition, he worked on small projects for the Tennessee Department of Transportation. In 1982, he received his M.A. degree in anthropology with concentrations in American archaeology, human osteology, and prehistoric mortuary practices. The title of his M.A. thesis was Prehistoric Mortuary Patterning and Change in the Normandy Reservoir, Coffee County, Tennessee.
Mr. Brown now lives and works in the historic Secret City (Oak Ridge, Tennessee) where he has been an active member of the local scientific research community for the past 33 years. Oak Ridge was the national administrative headquarters for the Manhattan Project during World War II, and large portions of the city are now part of the recently established Manhattan Project National Historical Park. Today Oak Ridge is an international city and one of the world’s leading centers for scientific research and development. For more detailed information on Mr. Brown and his professional background in the Secret City and elsewhere, please click on the following files: