The Grave Diggers’ Lament: Early 20 th Century Solutions to a Loose Sediment Predicament

Author(s): Molly A. Hall; Brett Lang

Year: 2017

Summary

Early 20th century excavators had to contend with loose, sandy sediments when digging the graves at the Scott Family Cemetery in Dallas. More than a century later, archaeologists had to find solutions for the same problem while moving that cemetery. Even with advances in technology and methodology, the pitfalls and solutions were surprisingly similar. The archaeologists found evidence that the original excavators shored the walls with wood, stepped the shafts, and had to dig the holes larger than necessary in order to overcome the loose, slumping sediment, which were exactly the things they found themselves doing in 2016.

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The Grave Diggers’ Lament: Early 20 th Century Solutions to a Loose Sediment Predicament. Molly A. Hall, Brett Lang. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Fort Worth, TX. 2017 ( tDAR id: 435603)

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Spatial Coverage

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

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PaperId(s): 514