23 October 2013

Using Radar To Do Cemetery Mapping and Find Unmarked Graves -- Fascinating!

GPRS, the company mentioned in the referenced article, http://www.gp-radar.com/Photo_Gallery/Locating_Unmarked_Graves.html
I came across this neat post Radar Used To Find Unmarked Graves.  What a neat idea.  The article states ...

“When they started 15 years ago, they were able to locate 80 headstones, but his­torical lists have told them there were up to 200 people buried at Potter Cemetery at one time.

Now, with the help of radar technology, they are hoping to find more.”

So often we visit a cemetery and find that few to no tombstones are visible and yet there is an extensive paper trail (death certificates, obituaries, etc) telling us that there are many individuals who were buried in the cemetery.

Or, there is a situation where we know from records that there was a family cemetery on the farm and yet no such cemetery is delineated or marked on any plat.  So, where was it?

Of course, this got me wondering if it’s pretty common to use Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) for grave identification and I came across these related articles:
·    Using radar to find unmarked graves (San Antonio TX)
·    Mapping Of Unmarked Graves In Dresden (Ontario Canada) (YouTube Video)

Here is a webpage by another GPR provider which describes Locating Graves.

Are you aware of a cemetery where this technology was used? Was it successful?

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