Objectives: This project was designed to give students hands-on experience with the local Mexican American community by focusing on the cemetery as an important cultural site. This project also provides students with an opportunity to do hands-on anthropological and ethnographic research.
1. Determine if Mexican American grave-decorating practices are different from white grave-decorating practices at City Cemetery in terms of both quality and quantity.
2. Determine if Mexican American grave-markers are different from white grave-markers by creating a typology of grave-markers.
(Originally data from the San Pedro Cemetery in San Marcos was also going to be collected and analyzed, but due to time constraints that part of the research had to be omitted)