Bringing the Dead Back to Life: Reconstructing Cemetery Burial Registers
Many cemeteries are characterised with few tombstones and no extant burial
registers, which could contribute to skewed statistical data. This research sought to
apply a methodology that would provide more accurate figures for cemetery analysis.
Using the Ironton Colored Cemetery as the sample, this research reconstructed missing
burial records through the application of an interdisciplinary methodology, resulting in
the discovery of 333 burials when only 50 tombstone markers were present. In addition
to offering rich data, this methodology could be of value to archaeologists, and
particularly those excavating Native American sites, when exhumation is either
unfeasible or prohibited.
cemetery, reconstruction, African American, tombstone, burial register.