Sunday, March 2, 2008

A little bit about your author and this blog...

For the first post in a new blog an introduction seems to be in order. So, without further ado:

I'm a Master's student majoring in anthropology with a focus on historic archaeology. A lifelong interest in history has led to a thesis on cemeteries. African-American cemeteries to be precise, although I'm interested in cemeteries in general. My approach is, perhaps, a bit different in that I am focusing less on headstones (although they remain an important component of my studies) and more on the use of landscape and materials in a space designated for the burial/memorialization of the deceased.

This blog is an outgrowth of my interest. I'll most likely post the occasional status report on thesis research should there be interest. My primary purpose in writing this blog, however, is to share interesting information I come across. There are many amateur historians who may not have access to academic materials such as professional journals. In addition there are plenty of genealogical researchers who do invaluable service to researchers of all sorts by recording and making available cemetery information. Through this blog I will make available anything of interest I come across.

So, for the first entry, I will end with a mention of the Association for Gravestone Studies (http://www.gravestonestudies.org/). The AGS makes available for purchase several excellent guides to cemetery preservation and recording. In addition, they publish Markers, a scholarly journal, as well as organizing an annual conference. While there is a strong emphasis on New England, the AGS continues to expand in geographic area. Most definitely worth checking out. Sphere: Related Content

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