Archaeology: Funerary United States

Deetz, J. 1977

In Small Things Forgotten: An Archaeology of Early American Life, New York: Anchor Books.

Dethlefsen, E. 1981

‘The cemetery and culture change: archaeological focus and ethnographic perspective’, in R. Gould and M. Schiffer (eds) Modern Material Culture: The Archaeology of Us, New York, NY: Academic Press, 137-159.

Killoran, P., Pollack, D., Nealis, S. & Rinker, E. 2015

‘Cemetery preservation and beautification of death: investigations of unmarked early to mid-nineteenth-century burial grounds in Central Kentucky’, in A. Osterholtz (ed.) Theoretical Approaches to Analysis and Interpretation of Commingled Human Remains, Cham: Springer, 219-241.

Kraus-Friedburg, C. 2011

‘Across the Pacific: transnational context in the Japanese Plantation Workers’ Cemetery in Pãhala, Hawai’i’, International Journal of Historical Archaeology, 15:3, 381-408.

Lacy, R. 2020

Burial and Death in Colonial North America: Exploring Interment Practices and Landscapes in 17th Century British Settlements, Bingley: Emerald Group Publishing.

Lacy, R., Gaulton, B. & Piercey, S. 2018

‘Inscriptions, outcrops, and XRF: analysis of the Ferryland gravestones’, North Atlantic Archaeology Journal, 5, 91-110.

Little, B., Lanphear, K. & Owsley, D. 1992

‘Mortuary display and status in a nineteenth-century Anglo-American cemetery in Manassas, Virginia’, American Antiquity, 57, 3, 397-418.

Mack, E. & Blakey, M. 2004

‘The New York African Burial Ground Project: past biases, current dilemmas, and future research opportunities’, Historical Archaeology, 38;1, 10-17.

Mallios, S. & Caterino, D. 2011

‘Mortality, money, and commemoration: social and economic factors in Southern California grave-marker change during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries’, International Journal of Historical Archaeology, 15, 429-460.

Mallios, S. & Caterino, D. 2007

‘Transformations in San Diego County gravestones and cemeteries’, Historical Archaeology, 41:4, 50-71.

Tashjian, A. & Tashjian, D. 2005

‘The Afro-American section of Newport, Rhode Island’s Common Burying Ground’, in Meyer, R. (ed.) Cemeteries and Gravemarkers: Voices of American Culture, Utah State University Press: Logan, UT,163-196.

Yeoman, E. 2006

‘Je me souviens: about the St. Armand Slave Cemetery, memory, counter-memory and historic trauma’, Topia, 12, 9-24.


The Cemetery Research Group runs two events a year: in May and in November. Follow the links and send in an abstract