Congressional Cemetery: Rosary beads

Photo by Laurie Burgess / Smithsonian
June 11, 2014
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Rosary beads
Photo by Laurie Burgess / Smithsonian

These rosary beads found in the Causten vault date to the 19th-century and were buried among the remains of 16 individuals ranging in age from 14 days to 86 years who died between 1852 and 1899. On June 11, ancestors of the Shriver family were reinterred in Historic Congressional Cemetery's restored 1835 Causten vault, a historic burial site analyzed by National Museum of Natural History forensic anthropologist Douglas Owsley and a team of researchers. (Photo by Laurie Burgess / Smithsonian)