"Tombstones of the Rudest Sculpture:" Bob Schuyler, Stalwart Champion of Cemetery Studies

Author(s): Richard Veit

Year: 2017


Cemetery studies have been an important minor chord in historical archaeology since the discipline came of age in the 1960s.  Generations of students have learned about seriation by reading Deetz and Dethlefsen’s seminal works on colonial New England tombstones (A project  where Bob assisted with the fieldwork).  More recently, many other historical archaeologists: Baugher, Brown, Cippolla, Crowell, Heinrich Mackie, Mytum, Stone, Tarlowe, and this author, have trod in this same well-worn cemetery lanes, gleaning new insights from old stones.  By emphasizing and indeed celebrating tombstones as an important form of material culture worthy of study and able to provide significant insights into past societies, Bob Schuyler has kept cemetery studies firmly within the orbit of historical archaeology.  This paper examines some current areas of research in the historical archaeology of the commemorative arts and points to new directions for further study. 

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"Tombstones of the Rudest Sculpture:" Bob Schuyler, Stalwart Champion of Cemetery Studies. Richard Veit. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Fort Worth, TX. 2017 ( tDAR id: 435397)

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min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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