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Milwaukee Co. Poor Farm Cemetery Research: 25 Year Retrospective
October 1, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
The Milwaukee County Poor Farm Cemetery (MCPFC) project has developed into a multifaceted research initiative focused on one of the largest systematically excavated and permanently curated collections of osteological and material culture remains in the United States. In addition to single interments, multiple interments composed of complete individual skeletons as well as body parts likely reflective of autopsy and medical school cadaver use characterize the excavated burials. In addition, many graves contained debris consisting of general refuse and/or medical waste. While the goals of individual MCPFC analyses are diverse, all research is guided by the overarching goal of returning a voice and an identity to individuals robbed of both by burial in the MCPFC.
Dr. Patricia Richards is a Senior Scientist in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM). Her specialties include mortuary analysis and historic period archaeology in the Great Lakes region. Dr. Richards is the director of the Milwaukee County Poor Farm Cemetery Project.
This lecture is co-sponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America-Milwaukee Society and the Departments of Anthropology, Art History, and FLL-Classics at UWM.
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UWM Sabin Hall, Room G90
3413 North Downer Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53211 United States