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In Remembrance: Archaeology and Death
     

In Remembrance: Archaeology and Death

by Nicholas F. Bellantoni, David A. Poirier
 

In recent years, federal and state governments have recognized their responsibility for the protection of unmarked ancient burial grounds that may be threatened by modern land use activities and natural disasters. The editors have compiled case studies that reflect effective answers to removal, analysis, and reburial of human remains by archaeologists. Each study

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In recent years, federal and state governments have recognized their responsibility for the protection of unmarked ancient burial grounds that may be threatened by modern land use activities and natural disasters. The editors have compiled case studies that reflect effective answers to removal, analysis, and reburial of human remains by archaeologists. Each study provides fascinating research from the excavation of historic cemeteries, which has added considerable knowledge to our understanding of factors relating to health, disease, and trauma, and the social histories of the diverse human communities occupying North America during the last three centuries. The volume also represents an important resource guide for archaeologists, historians, and other researchers concerning the sensitive treatment of the nation's historic burying grounds and cemeteries exposed by 20th century changes to the landscape.

The Introduction highlights recent examples of the way osteological analysis of burials contributes to our knowledge of past histories. Part I examines several socially disenfranchised groups that are under-represented in historic records. These analyses demonstrate how archaeological and anthropological research can contribute to a better understanding of cultural conditions and life ways of important social groups. Part II consists of articles that illustrate where past and recent traumas and desecration have affected human burials. Part III represents the only technical section, providing a resource guide on professional standards in conducting documentary research as well as fieldwork in the location and excavation of historic burials.

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Presents case studies on historical cemeteries and burial grounds in North America, and discusses ethical and social issues surrounding the removal, analysis, and reburial of human remains by archaeologists. Looks at investigations of burial grounds associated with historically disenfranchised populations, and at how past and recent trauma and desecration have affected historic human burials, and offers guidelines for conducting research and protecting ancient burial grounds. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780897894197
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/28/1997
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.63(d)
Lexile:
1420L (what's this?)

Meet the Author

DAVID A. POIRIER is Staff Archaeologist with the Connecticut Historical Commission, where he is also Environmental Review Coordinator for the State Historic Preservation Office.

NICHOLAS F. BELLANTONI serves as the Connecticut State Archaeologist with the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History at the University of Connecticut.

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