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"The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living." -Marcus Tullius Cicero

A couple of days ago I took the chance to visit my grandfather’s grave, and it left me with a profound realization: Cemeteries are weird. 425 more words

Reflections And Nostalgia

Russell Plot - Big Springs Cemetery

Big Springs Cemetery in Nelson County, Kentucky, is two miles east of Bloomfield on Highway 52.  It is a beautiful place, in the country, with a mixture of old and newer stones.  351 more words

Genealogy Ramblings

Commemoration at Lindisfarne Priory

As a place of worship and pilgrimage, with St Mary’s church and churchyard right next to the priory ruins, and given the long-standing associated with the absent saintly dead in the form of Aidan and Cuthbert, it is hardly surprising that death and memory are interwoven with the site of Lindisfarne Priory’s ruins. 817 more words

Archaeologies Of Death And Memory

Czech Trip 14' - Resurrected Church from 1300's

One of the things that really impressed me about the Czech Republic was the history that was all over the place. We were in buildings everywhere that were built in the the 1300’s and 1400’s which was really unusual for someone coming from America where we have much less history. 459 more words

Life

A Third Helping of Dyserth: Memorial Themes in the Churchyard

Churchyards never cease to fascinate me. While historians and art-historians pay a lot of their attention looking at the inscriptions and the exceptional monuments to the great and good, as an archaeologist I am equally interested in the more ubiquitous and humble memorials and formulaic inscriptions of the artisan, the spinster, the grandson, the labourer, the mother and the infant. 1,070 more words

Archaeologies Of Death And Memory

Samuel Spencer (c. 1734 - 1794) Homesite and Cemetery

Traveling back from the beach this weekend, I forced my wife and dog to endure something I’ve wanted to do for a long time, which is to find, and then visit, the homesite and resting place for one of my favorite deceased North Carolinians, Judge Samuel Spencer. 794 more words