Student to map island’s cemeteries

Helen Blouet will spend her summer on St. John looking for grave sites, headstones, and cemeteries. The doctoral anthropology student at Syracuse Universitywill be undertaking research which is mostly underwritten by the Park, said Ken Wild, the Park’s archeologist in residence.  Eventually, she expects to take her work will take her to St. Thomas and St. Croix, the St. John Source reported.  So far, she has found three burial sites at Salt Pond, including coral headstones.  "The terrain was difficult (on St. John) so it was very practical to have your own cemetery on your own property," she said.  And since land changes hands often, it’s likely some cemeteries have members of several families, the Source article said.  Blouet will use global positioning system technology to map locations of her findings.

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