Archaeology of graveyards

About the Project

Mortuary data consists of above-ground evidence, particularly the layout of graveyards and the monuments within them, and also below-ground evidence. The latter is less easily studied, but important collections are becoming available. Research is also taking place on cemeteries and their monuments.

A large number of graveyard recording projects have been undertaken on memorials from the historic period. Some general issues have underpinned our studies and informed wide-ranging questions regarding commemoration, memory and identity. Most memorials have been of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.