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study-tourThe Association for Gravestone Studies in partnership with the Society for Historical Archaeology is planning a four-day study tour of the cemeteries of Puerto Rico.

Details and pricing will be available soon and we invite interested individuals to email or contact the AGS office (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for more information and to be placed on our contact list.

Puerto Rico is a diverse island with a rich history. Spanish colonization of the island dates back to 1493 when the second voyage of Christopher Columbus landed on the Western shore near present-day Aguada. Spanish influence would continue for the next 400 years and leave a lasting impression in the architecture, culture, landscape and history. 

Puerto Rican cemeteries are a rich and untapped resource. They are based on the Campo Santo style of cloistered or walled cemeteries of Italy, Spain and Southern Europe. They mainly date from the nineteenth century and retain common design elements of walled enclosures, entrance gates, chapels, plantings and main walkways with lateral paths that divide the cemetery into quadrants. The monuments are a panoply of styles reflecting the social and economic background of the deceased. Long rows of communal crypts, concrete crosses, marble monuments and large above ground pantéons and family mausoleums can all be found in Puerto Rico. 

2015 Conference LogoSTUDENTS: Have you been doing research on gravestones, cemeteries, or a closely related topic?  Would you like an opportunity to attend the next Association for Gravestone Studies Conference and Annual Meeting as a guest of AGS?  Enter the AGS Student Scholarship Competition.

The next AGS Conference will be held in Cincinnati, Ohio June 21-26, 2015. 

Requirements: The applicant must be a graduate or undergraduate student at an accredited college or university, as well as a member of the Association for Gravestone Studies. A student membership is just $25 per year and includes the next published issue of Markers, four issues of the AGS Quarterly, and more. 

Application: Each applicant should submit a proposal for a twenty-minute presentation: a scholarly paper suitable for delivery at an academic conference, or a report of comparable quality on an on-going research project, to be presented at an evening lecture session.  PowerPoint is the preferred presentation medium.  

Each entry should include the title, a summary or abstract and a PDF of the PowerPoint program, as well as a letter of recommendation from an academic adviser.  Your entry should consist of a cover letter, with attachments, emailed to Bob Drinkwater c/o This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The award will cover registration and activities fees, plus room and board for the full conference (about $550) and will include a cash prize of $200, which will be presented at the conference.

Deadline:  Winter 2016, Exact date to be announced in the Fall

Address all questions to Bob Drinkwater, Scholarship Committee Chair, c/o This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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