"Gone, But Not Forgotten"

Anne Marie Lewis, Rhode Island College

Includes 1989 paper completed for ANTH 202 (Intro to Archaeology) as supplemental content.


Material artifacts are the grist for the mill of archeological inquiry. By careful study they disclose much about the people who created them. Gravestones are no exception. As archaeology's contribution to our historical past, they are unequaled. Gravestones are much more than an assemblage of carved slate and marble and granite. Their study goes well beyond finding the quarries from which they were mined or the people who made their marks on them. Clearly they supersede this material realm. The value of the information provided upon them serves as archaeology's extension into and connection with the other subdisciplines of the science of anthropology.