Biographies in stone: Gravestone iconography, symbolism and epitaphs in the American southwest
Date of Award
Master of Arts in Social Sciences
This study incorporated a series of photographs taken on cemetery sites, census records, death cards, and epitaphs of the 18th and 19th centuries in the southeast. This data was then deciphered to reveal the possible biographies of the deceased individuals in Charleston, South Carolina and Savannah, Georgia due to their rich abundance of 18th and 19th century cemeteries, public records, and historical societies. Can gravestone markers truly depict the whole sum of a person's life? Some gravestone markers exhibit an entire range of iconographic images, symbols, and epitaphs allowing the viewer to decipher information about the deceased.
Cogan, Deborah Ann, "Biographies in stone: Gravestone iconography, symbolism and epitaphs in the American southwest" (2013). Theses Digitization Project. 4268.