"And So the Tomb Remained"
Exploring Archaeology and Forensic Science within Connecticut's Historical Family MausoleaSeries:
Imprint: Oxbow Books
192 Pages, 170 x 241 mm, b/w and color
- November 2020
"And So The Tomb Remains" tells the stories of the Connecticut State Archaeologist’s investigations into five 18th/19th century family tombs: the sepulchers of Squire Elisha Pitkin, Center Cemetery, East Hartford; Gershom Bulkeley, Ancient Burying Ground, Colchester; Samuel and Martha Huntington, Norwichtown Cemetery, Norwich; Henry Chauncey, Indian Hill Cemetery, Middletown; and Edwin D. Morgan, Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hartford. In all of these cases, the state archaeologist assisted in identifying and restoring human skeletal remains to their original burial placements when vandalized through occult rituals or contributed to the identification of unrecorded burials during restoration projects.
Each investigative delves into family histories and genealogies, as well as archaeological and forensic sciences that helped identify the entombed and is told in a personal, story-telling approach. Written in essay form, each investigation highlights differing aspects of research in mortuary architecture and cemetery landscaping, public health, restoration efforts, crime scene investigations, and occult activities.
These five case studies began either as “history mysteries” or as crime scene investigations. Since historic tombs were occupied by social and economic elites, forensic studies provide an opportunity to investigate the health and life stress pathologies of the wealthiest citizens in Connecticut’s historic past, while offering comparisons to the wellbeing of lower socio-economic populations.
Part I: Tomb Discoveries and Restorations:
Chapter 1: The Squire Elisha Pitkin Family Tomb (ca. 1770s to 1880s), Center Cemetery,
Chapter 2: The Tomb of Gershom Bulkeley and His Descendants (ca. 1770s to 1830s),
The Ancient Burying Ground, Colchester
Chapter 3: The Tomb of Samuel and Martha Huntington (ca. 1790s), Norwichtown
Part II: Tomb Vandalisms and Crime Scene Investigations:
Chapter 4: The Chauncey Family Mausoleum (ca. 1850s), Indian Hill Cemetery,
Chapter 5: Edwin Dennison Morgan Family Tomb (ca. 1880s), Cedar Hill Cemetery,
Chapter 6: Summary and Conclusions