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Challenges to the Wisconsin Burial Sites Preservation Statute (WisStats 157.70)

Author(s): Patricia Richards

Year: 2017

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The 1987 Wisconsin Burial Site Preservation Statute (WisStats 157.70) serves as the basis for the protection of all burial sites in the State of Wisconsin and assures that all human burial sites be accorded equal treatment under the law regardless of age or affiliation. Recently, challenges to the law have taken the form of an introduced bill (LBR 2890 – eventually withdrawn), and the convening of a Wisconsin Legislative Study Committee of the Preservation of Burial Sites. This committee is charged with reviewing the present law in the context of landowner rights and includes land developers, real estate lawyers and legislators. This poster summarizes suggested changes to the law, and presents the results of three burial site excavations in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin as case studies of the law in practice. The burial sites presented are The Old Catholic Cemetery (47 MI-0254), The Milwaukee County Poor Farm Cemetery-Froedtert Tract (47 MI-0527), and the Second Ward or Gruenhagen Cemetery (47 MI-0523).

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Challenges to the Wisconsin Burial Sites Preservation Statute (WisStats 157.70). Patricia Richards. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 430482)


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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): 17304

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