Anthropologist Unearths San Diego's Cemetery Secrets
The San Diego Gravestone Project turned up information about San Diego's lost cemeteries and cleared up certain cemetery myths. Anthropology professor Seth Mallios headed the project and released his
(Originally aired March 13, 2007.)
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.