Archeological Firm Helps Document Connecticut Cemeteries
September 27, 2017 § Leave a comment
A leading authority on the subjects of terrestrial and nautical archaeology and historic preservation, R. Christopher Goodwin, PhD, serves as research director and CEO of R. Christopher Goodwin & Associates, Inc. The firm maintains offices in several states, including its office in Chester, Connecticut. The Goodwin team conducts research and excavations nationwide. In 2016, Connecticut’s State Historic Preservation Office announced that Dr. Goodwin and his team were at work documenting state cemeteries of historic significance.
The cemetery documentation project is part of a larger effort to strengthen the resiliency of Connecticut’s coastal historic properties and coastline communities; it is funded through the state’s Hurricane Sandy disaster relief mandate. Its components include the development of a mobile app to help document historic cemeteries and a research guide that provides information on how to research and select methods for preserving tombstone art.
The project also has provided the necessary documentation for nominating multiple cemeteries for listing on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) and the Connecticut State Register. In order to achieve an NRHP listing, a site must meet the specific criteria for eligibility for the National Register, which require development of detailed documentation since most cemeteries are not NRHP eligible.
Connecticut has thousands of cemeteries, some of which are no more than small family plots. The artwork, tombs, and buildings in these cemeteries can reflect the flow of history in their landscape design, in their local importance and in their art and architecture.