An Archaeological an Bioarchaeological Perspective. The Tucker (41DT104) and Sinclair (41DT105) Cemeteries of Delta County, Texas
ARKANSAS UNIV FAYETTEVILLE DEPT OF ANTHROPOLOGY
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The relocation of the Tucker Cemetery marked the first joint effort to integrate professional archaeologists, bioarchaeologists, and their research goals with the goals and personnel of the Burial Relocation Division of the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, and a private relocation contractor. Between October 7 and October 11, 1986, archaeologists from the Institute of Applied Sciences, North Texas State University IAS-NTSU, a physical anthropologist from the Department of Anthropology, University of Arkansas UA, personnel from Billner Brothers Inc., and representatives from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District CE, Ft. Worth relocated all burials from the Tucker Cemetery 41DT104 in Delta County, Texas. Sixteen burials including ten unmarked graves were located, mapped, exposed, scientifically studied, and removed for reinterment at the nearby Oaklawn Cemetery. Considerable cooperative effort, organization, and planning were necessary to accomplish this task. The excavation, recording, and scientific procedures utilized during this process are presented in this report in order to encourage and aid in the planning of similar cooperative projects in the future. Problem areas including time and budget constraints, as well as diverse research interests and needs are discussed in detail.
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