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Here lies.... You know, Weaver, I've forgotten who we just buried: The Milwaukee County Poor Farm Cemetery Project

Author(s): Patricia Richards

Year: 2015

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The Milwaukee County Poor Farm Cemetery Project was initiated in 2008 and is a collaborative effort of the UW-Milwaukee Archaeological Research Laboratory, UW-Milwaukee Anthropology Department graduate students, UW-Milwaukee Undergraduate Research Opportunity Students, and the staff of Historic Resource Management Services (now UWM-CRM). In 2008 UWM Archaeological Research Laboratory applied for and was granted by the Wisconsin Historical Society final disposition of all human remains, personal artifacts, burial hardware, field notes and field images associated with 1991 and 1992 excavations of human remains at the Milwaukee County Institutions Grounds-Froedtert Tract (site # 47 MI 527), In 2013, Historic Resource Management Services of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee recovered an additional 640 individual coffin burials representing over 700 individuals from the Milwaukee County Institution Grounds (Froedtert Tract) Poor Farm Cemetery. This paper provides a summary of the overall progress of the project as well as the preliminary results of analyses of human remains and material culture recovered as a result of the 2013 excavations.

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Here lies.... You know, Weaver, I've forgotten who we just buried: The Milwaukee County Poor Farm Cemetery Project. Patricia Richards. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 396087)


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min long: -104.634; min lat: 36.739 ; max long: -80.64; max lat: 49.153 ;

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America