Death in Texas: Burials Patterns Within the Campo Santo of San Fernando Cathedral in San Antonio

Summary

In 2016 and 2017, CAR-UTSA conducted limited exploration of a portion of a Campo Santo associated with San Fernando Cathedral in San Antonio. As a component of that work, we reviewed a summary of parish records that provided information on roughly 1,800 interments. Focusing on the period between 1809 and 1848, during which time San Antonio transitioned from an outpost on the northern frontier of Mexico to a town under US jurisdiction, we explore three broad categories of death. These are sickness/ disease (e.g., fevers, coughs, digestive issues, infections), violent deaths (e.g., warfare, interpersonal conflicts), and accidents (e.g., drowning, falls). This poster explores strong patterning in these death categories by age groups (infants/ newborns, children, and adults), sex, and season that provide insights into life in Texas during the early half of the 19th century. 

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Death in Texas: Burials Patterns Within the Campo Santo of San Fernando Cathedral in San Antonio. Raymond Mauldin, Cynthia M Munoz, John Reynolds, Clinton, M. McKenzie, Megan Brown, Karlee Jeffery. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2018 ( tDAR id: 441710)

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Keywords

Temporal Keywords
Early 19th Century

Spatial Coverage

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

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 360