Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Geography and Geology
Rural cemeteries reflect local culture history. Cultural preferences and attitudes are expressed in the fixtures of cemeteries, tombstones, tombstone arrangement, and cemetery landscaping. The pattern of rural cemeteries can reveal the dynamics of population and settlement, and cultural origins and dispersals. The rural cemeteries of Saunders County, Nebraska, were studied in the summer of 1978 in order to 1) map the relative location of the cemeteries; 2) determine the pattern of growth and development of the cemeteries; 3) establish a working taxonomic system of cemetery size and character; 4) interpret the cultural phenomena related to rural cemeteries; 5) determine distinctive landscape features of rural cemeteries; and 6) to fill a gap in geographic research. The result of such intensive study of the geography of rural cemeteries is a better "feel" for the larger cultural landscape in which rural cemeteries are embedded.
Riedesel, Gordon M., "The cultural geography of rural cemeteries: Saunders County, Nebraska" (1979). Student Work. 538.
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