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Gravemarkers of Infant Burials in Historical Cemeteries in West-Central Minnesota

Author(s): Joseph Beaver

Year: 2017

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Roughly one in eleven individuals buried in historic-period cemeteries in Stevens County, Minnesota died before reaching one year of age. This paper examines the gravemarkers of a subset of the 913 infants buried between 1870 and 1970, looking at both chronological and contemporary variation in style, production, and information recorded. Explanatory factors examined include religion (using the cemetery of burial as a proxy), evidence of associated maternal mortality, and when available, documentary evidence of parental socioeconomic status, ethnic origin, other children, and so forth.

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Gravemarkers of Infant Burials in Historical Cemeteries in West-Central Minnesota. Joseph Beaver. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429760)


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

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Abstract Id(s): 16266

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