Tuesday, November 18, 2008

SEAC 2008

Last week I attended the annual Southeastern Archaeology Conference annual meeting.  I attended every cemetery paper/presentation I could, and I learned quite a bit.  I was happy to see that there were several papers on African American cemeteries, so it's a topic that is finding its way into current archaeological research.  This blog really isn't about the nitty-gritty details of archaeology, so I'll jump ahead to and summarize a few points. 

The key point that was brought home in several papers was the need for community involvement.  The form of this involvement ranged from finding local geneologists who could provide more information on the cemetery to involving a local Boy Scout troop in the clean up and maintenance of a cemetery.  Community involvement is really important, and an area I may be lacking in on my own project.  I will have to consider that!

Following up on that point, is the involvement of young people.  Cemetery preservation is a great way to learn about history, historic preservation, anthropology and archaeology, as well as a host of other topics.  It gives students a break from the tired old sit-in-class/take-test-in-class/repeat routine, and offers them the chance to consider careers they may not have considered before.  

I will probably be expanding on this later, but for now I'd like to pose the question:  What are you doing in your own projects and how can you involve the community?  
Sphere: Related Content

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

The Graveyard Rabbit

The Graveyard Rabbit Association is a newly formed group of bloggers who are following a common theme of cemeteries and graveyards.  There are numerous blogs covering different geographic areas and containing a huge assortment of useful information.  Whether you are a genealogist, cemetery researcher, or just interested in cemeteries there's something for you!  The association is also accepting memberships.  No dues, just 3 simple steps.  Check them out!

Sphere: Related Content

Saturday, November 1, 2008

An overview of cemeteries.

I'm watching A Cemetery Special on PBS.  It looks at several cemeteries across the US and gives a brief history and a look at the different ways in which the dead are memorialized.  If you can catch it on TV I recommend it.  

It may just be my current pre-occupation with cemeteries, but it seems that there's been more stories in the news lately.  It's possibly the season - Halloween tends to bring out the cemetery stories.  

So, in honor of A Cemetery Special I encourage you all to take a non-spooky tour of a local cemetery!  Find the oldest grave, most unusual marker, quietest spot, whatever.  Be respectful, but remember that cemeteries are about remembering individuals and, collectively, our history. 
Sphere: Related Content