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What Lies Beneath? The Forgotten Cemeteries in San Diego


Tom Fudge:  We all know that life is temporary. And being dead and buried seems like a more permanent thing. But graveyards are not forever. Just ask Seth Mallios. He's spent years studying San Diego cemeteries, and he'll tell you that there's nothing permanent about them. Bodies and bones don't tend to be moved around. But San Diego's old graveyards are now parking lots, roads, parks and commercial developments.

Seth has a lot to say about graveyards, gravestones, and what they tell us about our society and our respect for the dead. He's author of a forthcoming book called, Cemeteries of San Diego , which is due to be released next week.

Professor Seth Mallios will present his findings this Saturday at Explore SDSU on the campus of San Diego State  at 10 a.m. in the Associated Students Council Chambers at Aztec Center. His book, Cemeteries of San Diego, will be released Monday, March 19.



  • Seth Mallios , a San Diego State University anthropology professor and author of the book, Cemeteries of San Diego.

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