Current Research in Mortuary Archaeology

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  • End-of-Life Choices and 19th Century North Georgia Cemeteries (2015)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only L. Meghan Dennis.

    In 1835, Carmel Baptist Church was established in the rural town of BrickStore, Georgia. Though not a large settlement by modern standards, Carmel drew from a dense population and was located in a built-up and developed area. Only 16 years later, the church combined with another congregation and instead of staying in BrickStore, the new Carmel Baptist Church was moved outside of the settled zone and into an unpopulated area marked only by the junction of two country roads.  The cemetery...

  • Gender Differentiation in Jewish Memorials: An Ethnoarchaeological Examination of the Headstones in the B'nai Israel Cemetery (2015)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Simon H Goldstone.

    An ethnoarchaeological approach to the study of historic cemeteries and associated gravemarkers offers a tested and non-invasive methodology which can garner insight into the collective and personal identity of individuals within and between specific cultural groups. For the investigation of the Jewish diaspora, such enthoarchaeological studies have proven to be one of the richest sources of data on religious and cultural practices related to death and burial. Past studies have examined...

  • "Gone But Not Forgotten": Two Hundred Years of Epitaph Memorialization in Northwestern Pennsylvania (2015)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Mary Ann Owoc. Janna Napoli.

     Notable trends in the popularity, visibility, origin, and content of gravemarker epitaphs in north-western Pennsylvania from 1800 to the present are presented and discussed within the context of regional and general marker analyses. Notable patterns in epitaph selection and use are also examined alongside comparative consumer and industry data from professional monument manufacturers and organizations to present a comprehensive picture of how the interface of ideology, sentiment, consumer...

  • Irresistible Corruption: A Paelopathalogical Examination of Lead Poisoning and Its Shaping of the Mortality and Morbidity Profile of an Urban Industrial Period Quaker Population in North-East England (2015)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Thomas M Ostrander. Charlotte Robberts. Janet Montgomery. Chris Ottley.

    This study examined the prevalence, degree and effect of lead poisoning amongst people fromNewcastle-upon-Tyne(1711-1857). Tooth enamel samples of fifty individuals were analyzed using ICP-MS. Possible osteological expressions of lead exposure were recorded: reduced stature, dental caries, Harris lines, anemia, vitamin D deficiency and vitamin C deficiency. 96% of people had clinically defined lead poisoning as non-adults. Statistically significant relationships were found between severe lead...

  • Nyugodjék Békében: Expressions of Identity Change in Sacred Heart Hungarian Cemetery, South Bend IN (2015)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Emily E. Powell.

    Cemeteries and their associated grave markers have been repeatedly identified as a measure of cultural complexity and change in archaeology site studies. Cultural patterns can be revealed through the ritual materials of mourning and death to reflect notable behavior of the living, and these expressions can radically differ depending on social status and identity. The culmination of this Master’s thesis explores how one ethnic Hungarian group’s expression of identity changed over time by means of...

  • Underground Then as Now: Seeking Traces of the Underground Railroad in the Mount Gilead AME Church Cemetery (2015)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Meagan Ratini.

    Mount Gilead AME Church in southeastern Pennsylvania formed the heart of a rural African American community throughout much of the 19th century. Oral history associates it with the Underground Railroad, but with little specificity. Since most of the church's congregation has dispersed over the past century, its extant cemetery is the main location where much of the church's history can be reconstructed. This study uses spatial, demographic, and GPR data from the cemetery as well as archival...

  • What can we infer about family plots scatterings in a 19th Century Southern Georgia church grave site. (2015)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Chuanyu Fu. L. Meghan Dennis.

     Through human history, the deceased have been buried, their bodies or representations placed in a space, most near their familial ties. Graves are not only places of rest but places to revisit the past and sanctuaries of still powerful affections. Why, in a 19th century Northern Georgia church gravesite do family plots of the same name scatter throughout different locations on the site, even within the same time periods? Why were the boundaries of the family plots physically set yet the...