Presentation Type

Poster

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Larry Bates, Dr. Richard Hudiburg

Location

University of North Alabama, Guillot University Center Atrium

Start Date

24-4-2018 11:00 AM

End Date

24-4-2018 12:30 PM

Description

The purpose of this research is to shed light on an overlooked topic. Researchers took photographs of many different gravestones from cemeteries across the United States. Researchers assessed the frequency, content, and changes in religious symbols and words used on gravestones. The span of the study was within about 100 years, ranging from the years 1920 and upward. No current studies have been conducted on this topic. Researchers performed a one-way ANOVA, separately for religious and non-religious epitaphs as a function of location of the cemeteries.

Researchers found a significant difference between cemeteries (regions) for both religious epitaphs and nonreligious epitaphs.

A Tukey's HSD post-hoc analysis was also performed for to find where the differences between regional epitaphs were found. Florence, Alabama had a significant amount of differences where religious epitaphs are concerned.

Keywords

gravestone, headstone, tombstone, religion, religious, symbols, wording, epitaph

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Apr 24th, 11:00 AM Apr 24th, 12:30 PM

Examination of Religious Expression via Wording and Symbols on Gravestones across the United States (1920-2017)

University of North Alabama, Guillot University Center Atrium

The purpose of this research is to shed light on an overlooked topic. Researchers took photographs of many different gravestones from cemeteries across the United States. Researchers assessed the frequency, content, and changes in religious symbols and words used on gravestones. The span of the study was within about 100 years, ranging from the years 1920 and upward. No current studies have been conducted on this topic. Researchers performed a one-way ANOVA, separately for religious and non-religious epitaphs as a function of location of the cemeteries.

Researchers found a significant difference between cemeteries (regions) for both religious epitaphs and nonreligious epitaphs.

A Tukey's HSD post-hoc analysis was also performed for to find where the differences between regional epitaphs were found. Florence, Alabama had a significant amount of differences where religious epitaphs are concerned.

https://ir.una.edu/researchdays/2018/posters/6