Author ORCID Identifier : Jennifer Soutter

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Unpublished Paper

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The symbols found on Victorian coffin handles reflect Victorian attitudes, feelings, and beliefs, towards and about death. Coffin handles depicting these death symbols were excavated from St. Thomas Church Cemetery in Belleville in the summer of 1989. The purpose of this paper is to provide a classification scheme for the handles and a discussion of the symbols found on them.


Paper submitted as an Independent Research at the University of Toronto Department Archaeology Program in 1989. Also included are the original data collection sheets in an associated file.