Cemetery and Grave Identification

OAR Staff performing GPR Survey
OAR Staff performing GPR Survey

With remote sensing technology, OAR can produce detailed documentation of subsurface features without disturbing the final resting places of the deceased. Using radar technology, sophisticated software, and experienced staff, OAR can rapidly rediscover the locations of graves that lack surface markers or documentation in a cost-effective manner. This process, for example, has been used successfully at Civil War cemeteries, abandoned rural cemeteries, church cemeteries, and to locate remains at the old Bryce Hospital cemetery.

 

Map of Cemetery at Bryce Hospital Campus
Map of Cemetery at Bryce Hospital Campus

Delineating cemetery boundaries for preservation purposes, documentation for cemetery areas lacking grave markers or written records including providing detailed maps of the location of unmarked graves and if required in certain circumstances, grave removal. OAR’s maps provide cemetery caretakers with detailed, high quality records for future cemetery management. When abandoned cemeteries are inadvertently disturbed our staff can document and relocate graves in a dignified and professional manner.

 

For more information regarding Cemetery and Grave Identification, contact Falicia Gordon at fgordon@ua.edu or by phone at (205) 371-8700.