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Site Name: St. Anne's Cemetery I and II (aka The Madden Project, Wayne Historic #3)

WSUMA Accession Nos.: 2802

Site No.: 20WN258 (aka: WN-H3)

Excavated By: C. Stephen Demeter

Excavation Year(s): 1987

Site Description:

St. Anne's Roman Catholic Church was founded in Detroit on July 26, 1701. It is the second oldest parish in the United States, having served the community for over 300 years. While the actual building has undergone several reconstructions, St. Anne's Cemetery I and II were in continuous use for 116 years.

St. Anne's Cemetery I began in 1701 and was used until 1760. Its location is within the area bounded by Griswold, Larned, Jefferson, and Shelby in Detroit . Its actual size is unknown, though it is estimated to be about an acre. St Anne's Cemetery II was used between 1755 and 1817. It was within 100 feet of St. Anne's Cemetery I and its dimensions were approximately 150 feet east to west by 200 feet north to south. On May 1, 1817 St. Anne's Cemeteries I and II were closed and the remains were moved to the new cemetery. However, only the graves that were marked were moved to the new location.

The John Madden Company donated all other artifacts found at the site to the Wayne State University Museum of Anthropology in May of 1988.

Artifacts:

  • Ceramics:
    • Rockinghamware
    • Faience (blue printed and Rouen )
    • Clear glazed
    • Salt glazed
    • Creamware
    • Pearlware
    • Polychrome (handpainted polychrome, porcelain, spatterware)
    • Transfer printed (blue, black, brown, red, purple)
    • Brown luster
    • Annularware (mocha)
    • Stoneware (salt glazed)
  • Faunal Remains
  • Glass: bottle (olive, green, colorless, amber), flat window glass, milk glass
  • Metal: copper/brass sheeting, wire, nails (square cut, strap iron)
  • Pipes
  • Stone: chert gunflints and fragments 

Catalogue Nos.: 1W477735-1W479141

References:

  • News Clippings from the “ Burton Scrapbook” , “The Detroit Free Press”, and “The Detroit News” . [WSUMA #11W436]
  • John Madden Company (1988) “Madden Project Transfer Agreement and Artifact List” . Unpublished manuscript on file at WSU Museum of Anthropology. [# 11W1712]
  • Krepps, K. (1981) “Historic Cemetery Survey of Wayne County , Michigan ”. Unpublished manuscript on file at WSU Museum of Anthropology. [#11W359]
  • Krepps, K. (1984) “ Wayne County Cemetery Notes”. Unpublished manuscript on file at WSU Museum of Anthropology. [#11W897]
  • Martinez , C. (1988) “ Madden Project Burials Manuscript”. Unpublished manuscript on file at WSU Museum of Anthropology. [#11W1604]
  • Martinez C. and D. Stevenson (1988) “Madden Project Human Remains”. Unpublished manuscript on file at WSU Museum of Anthropology. [#11W2735] 
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