1st Edition

Uncovering Identity in Mortuary Analysis
Community-Sensitive Methods for Identifying Group Affiliation in Historical Cemeteries

Edited By

Michael P Heilen

ISBN 9781611321845
Published June 30, 2012 by Routledge
311 Pages

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Book Description

This volume presents a sophisticated set of archival, forensic, and excavation methods to identify both individuals and group affiliations—cultural, religious, and organizational—in a multiethnic historical cemetery. Based on an extensive excavation project of more than 1,000 nineteenth-century burials in downtown Tucson, Arizona, the team of historians, archaeologists, biological anthropologists, and community researchers created an effective methodology for use at other historical-period sites. Comparisons made with other excavated cemeteries strengthens the power of this toolkit for historical archaeologists and others. The volume also sensitizes archaeologists to the concerns of community and cultural groups to mortuary excavation and outlines procedures for proper consultation with the descendants of the cemetery’s inhabitants. Copublished with SRI Press

Table of Contents

Foreword by Roger AnyonAcknowledgments1. The Alameda-Stone Cemetery in the Context of Tucson HistoryMichael Heilen and Marlesa A. Gray2. Historic and Archaeological Overview of the CemeteryMichael Heilen, with contributions by Kristin J. Sewell3. Cultural Affinity, Identity, and Relatedness: Distinguishing Individuals and Cultural GroupsLynne Goldstein, Joseph T. Hefner, Kristin J. Sewell, and Michael Heilen4. Life, Death, and Dying in Southeastern Arizona, 1860-1880: Historical Accounts and Bioarchaeological EvidenceMichael Heilen, Joseph T. Hefner, and Mitchell A. Keur5. Deathways and Tucson's Living Population 1860-1880Kristin J. Sewell, Michael Heilen, and Lynne Goldstein6. Mortuary SynthesisLynne Goldstein, Kristin J. Sewell, Michael Heilen, and Joseph T. Hefner7. The Alameda-Stone Cemetery and Mortuary ArchaeologyLynne Goldstein8. Cemeteries, Consultation, Repatriation, Reburial, and Sacred Spaces TodayLynne Goldstein and Roger AnyonNotesReferencesIndexAbout the Authors

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