Cemetery Law and Identification: A Primer for CRM Professionals and Planners

American Cultural Resources Assn.


Thursday, September 18, 2014
1 p.m. - 5 p.m. EDT

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"You have a cemetery on your property. Now what? As urban centers are continuing their cultural evolution and rural areas are increasingly developed, more and more historical-period cemeteries require identification, evaluation, research, and treatment. The role of descendant communities as they seek to plan for the futures of these sacred places is also critical. This workshop will provide a primer on historical-period cemeteries for both preservation professionals and those who deal with historical-period cemeteries from a research and planning perspective. This seminar will present an introduction to cemetery law, notably the presence of cemetery legislation in various local, state, and federal regulations, as well as the place of cemetery law in the context of environmental review. Following this, information will be disseminated on how to record above- and below-ground cemetery remains, including how to identify historical-period cemeteries, the proper way to record headstone data, and how to delineate burial shafts. A basic chronology of headstones and funerary remains will also be provided so you can start to understand the context of your graveyard. The goal of the workshop is to provide attendees with a working knowledge of the legislative framework surrounding historical-period cemeteries and pertinent information on the identification and analysis of cemetery remains to aid you in project planning and in reaching your research objectives."