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Fieldwork: how to record gravestones and graveyards

Many different types of information can be recorded in graveyards and the focus for fieldwork will depend upon the resources available and your own particular interests. It is desirable to complete all of the steps below, however this may not always be possible in practice. In the future, someone may want to use your work for their own research or wish to complete one of the steps that you didn't. Following the guidelines below will make sure that others can easily re-trace your recording methods and thinking and allow your efforts to have the widest possible future benefit. It is important that to check for any earlier work before you begin your own fieldwork so that you can note any mistakes or any changes that have taken place since the previous survey was completed.

Page last updated August 2006