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EVENT: The Archaeology of a Historic Tucson Cemetery at the Joint Courts Complex
DATE/TIME: February 3, 2009, at 6:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Casa Vicente, 375 S. Stone Avenue, Tucson, AZ.
At this meeting of Archaeology Café, Dr. Gray and a panel of project team members discussed their work on one of the country’s largest historic cemetery exhumations. From 1862–1881, almost 2,000 men, women, and children were laid to rest in Tucson’s National Cemetery, which stood near what is now the intersection of Stone Avenue and Alameda Street. The project team found almost 1,100 graves and recovered the remains of approximately 1,300 individuals. Gray and the team shared their thoughts on what the remains reveal about life in mid-nineteenth-century Tucson, the challenges in mounting an archaeological excavation project of this size, and the importance of setting the proper groundwork when conducting cemetery investigations.
ABOUT THE JOINT COURTS ARCHAEOLOGICAL PROJECT
Review project information and findings at the official website, http://www.pima.gov/JointCourts/.