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"Comprehensive in scope and fascinating in detail, this volume will stand as a model of scholarship and will be a treasured reference."-R. Alan Mounier, author of Looking Beneath the Surface: The Story of Archaeology in New Jersey

From the earliest memorials used by Native Americans to the elaborate structures of the present day, Richard Veit and Mark Nonestied use grave markers to take an off-beat look at New Jersey's history that is both fascinating and unique.
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Overview

"Comprehensive in scope and fascinating in detail, this volume will stand as a model of scholarship and will be a treasured reference."-R. Alan Mounier, author of Looking Beneath the Surface: The Story of Archaeology in New Jersey

From the earliest memorials used by Native Americans to the elaborate structures of the present day, Richard Veit and Mark Nonestied use grave markers to take an off-beat look at New Jersey's history that is both fascinating and unique.
New Jersey Cemeteries and Tombstones presents a culturally diverse account of New Jersey's historic burial places from High Point to Cape May and from the banks of the Delaware to the ocean-washed Shore, to explain what cemeteries tell us about people and the communities in which they lived. The evidence ranges from somber seventeenth-century decorations such as hourglasses and skulls that denoted the brevity of colonial life, to modern times where memorials, such as a life-size granite Mercedes Benz, reflect the materialism of the new millennium. Also considered are contemporary novelties such as pet cemeteries and what they reveal about today's culture. To tell their story the authors visited more than 1,000 burial grounds and interviewed numerous monument dealers and cemetarians.
This richly illustrated book is essential reading for history buffs and indeed anyone who has ever wandered inquisitively through their local cemeteries.

Richard Veit is an associate professor in the Department of History and Anthropology at Monmouth University. He is the author of Digging New Jersey's Past: Historical Archaeology in the Garden State, winner of a 2003 New Jersey Historic Preservation Award.

Mark Nonestied has been a staff member of the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission since 1991. He currently serves as the director of exhibits and programs at a historic site in Piscataway.

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author of Looking Beneath the Surface: The Story of Archaeology in New Jersey - Alan Mounier

Comprehensive in scope and fascinating in detail, this volume will stand as a model of scholarship and will be a treasured reference.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813542362
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2008
  • Series: Rivergate Book Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 959,926
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations vii Acknowledgments xiii
1 Why Study Historic Burial Grounds? 1
2 Early American Burial Grounds and Gravemarkers 13
3 New Jersey's Colonial Gravemarkers 38
4 From Graveyards and Burying Grounds to Cemeteries 76
5 Victorian Valhallas: From Markers to Monuments 112
6 New Technology, New Tools: The Professionalization of the Monument Industry 155
7 New Immigrants, New Traditions 170
8 Alternative Gravemarking Traditions; or, When a Gravestone Isn't a Gravestone 196
9 Mansions of Immortality: Mausoleums and Columbaria 218
10 Modern Marvels: The New Cemetery Aesthetic 235
11 New Jersey's Burial Grounds Past and Present 259 Appendix A Burial Grounds Visited 267 Appendix B Gravestone Carvers Active in New Jersey 275 Bibliography 289 Index 305
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