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Uncovering Identity in Mortuary Analysis
Community-Sensitive Methods for Identifying Group Affiliation in Historical Cemeteries
Michael P Heilen (Editor)
311 pp. / 8.50 x 11.00 / Jun, 2012
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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
"This volume is an important contribution to Southwestern U.S. archaeology and to historic cemetery research in general. It is a condensed version of a multi-volume cultural resource management (CRM) report, and the editor, Michael P. Heilen, has done a good job of reducing the redundancy common in CRM reporting. "

- Lawrence E. Moore, Anthropology Review Database

"...this volume certainly shows how active engagement with descendant groups may leas to the successful repatriation of individuals and responsible reburial in general (which in this case also includes the military) in grounds still undisturbed by urban development. At the same time, it also provides a laudably integrated understanding of the lives and deaths of the quickly transforming Tucson community of the late nineteenth century. On a more general note, the research approaches compiled in this book also show that material evidence is apt to complement, verify, and occasionally also contradict discursive media on postcolonial life and death, allowing a more objective, inclusive perspective."

- Vera Tiesler, Journal of Anthropological Research

" An outstanding example of a cultural resource management project that has used all the best available methods of excavation and analysis. The authors offer data and interpretation of inestimable value on the treatment of the dead and on the bioarchaeology and the grave goods of those included in the cemetery. "

- Nan Rothschild, Professor of Anthropology, Barnard College

"The Pima County Joint Courts Complex archaeological project is an exemplary case of cooperation between government and descendant groups who shared common concern for the respectful treatment and disposition of human remains found in unmarked graves within the historic Alameda-Stone cemetery in downtown Tucson, Arizona. This project will be remembered in history as an important human rights project, one in which a government's action was based on firmness of purpose to ensure the cultural property rights of living descendant groups."

- John Madsen, Associate Curator of Archaeology Emeritus, Arizona State Museum, and Arizona Repatriation Coordinator

"An excellent example of success built upon the development of exemplary relationships with descendant groups combined with the application of innovative technological advances in both the field and laboratory."

- From the Foreword by Roger Anyon

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.

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