"They were dying in such great quantity": An archaeology of human burials at Gloucester Point

Author(s): Laura Masur

Year: 2018

Summary

Human burials have been a consistent problem for archaeologists excavating in advance of development at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science at Gloucester Point. Georeferencing the location of previously identified burials served as a pilot project for a more extensive archaeological GIS. The re-examination of burial features not only reveals their approximate locations on the contemporary landscape, but also illustrates the complex history of human occupation at Gloucester Point, including Virginia Indian settlements, a colonial port town, a Revolutionary War fort and hospital, and nineteenth-century farms. Furthermore, analyses of human skeletal remains at Gloucester Point reflect the predominance of forensic rather than population-based bioarchaeological approaches. These historically contextual and publicly oriented osteobiographies predominate historic period skeletal analysis in the Chesapeake.

Cite this Record

"They were dying in such great quantity": An archaeology of human burials at Gloucester Point. Laura Masur. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2018 ( tDAR id: 441124)

Spatial Coverage

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

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 910