Exploring Local Cemeteries

URBANA, Ill. (WCIA) -- What do you think when you look around the cemetery?

A) "I see dead people."
B) "This place is creeping me out."
C) "What a wondrous place filled with art, culture, and beauty few people appreciate."

If you chose A or B, you definitely need to read the new book, Cemeteries of Illinois: A  Field Guide to Markers, Monuments, and Motifs by Dawn Cobb and Hal Hassen, (People who picked C may already have heard of it!).

Hassen and Cobb, both practicing archaeologists with the State of Illinois, co-wrote the book after spending years in the field preserving, documenting, and repairing significant burial sites. Some places include graves from the earliest settlers of the state and others include millennia-old Native American burial grounds.

"There is way more to see, to appreciate, than what you experience at first glance," notes Cobb. "This book helps show you what to look for."

Click the video to learn more about the secrets of the cemetery!

The book includes sections on identifying grave markers from certain periods, types of burial grounds, and recommended places to visit.

For more information on ordering a copy, visit the University of Illinois Press: 

https://www.press.uillinois.edu/books/catalog/45kdq2xk9780252082658.html

Editor's Note: This is a republished story updated from its original publication on 2017.10.31. The information within the story has been updated to the current date of publication.


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