Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts - History



First Advisor

Perky Beisel, D.A.

Second Advisor

M. Scott Sosebee, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Jere Jackson, Ph.D.

Fourth Advisor

George Avery, Ph.D.


Deep East Texas is home to many historic cemeteries. The preservation of these cemeteries includes the care of gravemarkers and the management of cemetery grounds. Unfortunately, these practices often neglect gravegoods. The Caddo people have some of the earliest gravegood usage in Deep East Texas, dating back to the eighth century. European and white and black American settlers brought other funerary traditions and influences into the area beginning in the sixteenth century. Gravegoods in historic Deep East Texas cemeteries reflect these influences and traditions. This thesis led to the creation of a preservation brief that will educate the public and cemetery managers on best preservation practices for these important pieces of vernacular culture.

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