Source: Deetz, James. In Small Things Forgotten. New York: Doubleday, 1977.
1) All archaeological data – artifacts, structures, sites – possess what three dimensions?
A) B) C)
2) What documentary sources are used to help identify gravestone carvers?
3) What was Harriette Forbes contribution to the subject of Gravestone Art?
4) In colonial small town New England would gravestone carving be a full time job?
B) Were the carvers itinerant?
5) What was James A. Ford’s most important contribution?
6) Explain the seriation process using charts or graphs.
7) Regarding the proportions of the battleship-shaped curves what is the significance of battleship curves that are
A) Long and slender
B) Short and squat
8) What were the three basic designs used by the stone carvers of New England between about 1680 and 1820?
A) B) C)
9) What were other gravestone designs?
10) In what type of setting would motif variation be most likely?
11) How does the stylistic succession of the gravestone motifs create a clear index of important changes in the religious views of the colonial New Englander? Give specific evidence to what the symbolism means.
12) What is an epitaph?
13) What socio/religious changes are reflected in gravestone inscription? Give specific evidence.
14) Compare the sequence of gravestone style in both New England and England.
15) Discuss in detail the changes of mortuary symbols in regard to chronology between 1) Boston/Cambridge 2) The adjacent countryside 3) The deep Countryside
B) The adjacent countryside
C) The deep countryside
16) Discuss some trademark characteristics of the stone carver Nathaniel Fuller of Plymouth, MA.
17) List and explain the trademark characteristics of three other stone carvers
18) Describe the Medusa design.
19) Specifically how do the gravestone carvers of Essex County differ in symbolic style when compared to gravestone carvers in Plymouth County?
20) Why was there less of a Puritan influence on gravestone carvers in Rhode Island?
21) Why were there no gravestone carvers living on Cape Cod?
22) Where is the oldest stone grave in New England?
B) What was the date?
23) What time period is characterized by the greatest degree of regional variation in gravestone design?
24) When did New Englanders begin the practice of burial in small family plots?