We Made History!
GPR Survey Solves Problem of Past, Present and Future
Connecticut, US - The situation was one that many cities and towns are currently facing. A small cemetery
adjacent to a church, dating back several centuries, has a very limited amount of space left. There are a multitude of people that
wanted to be buried in this particular cemetery. In addition, many of these people want to be buried with their families.
Sub-Surface Informational Surveys, Inc. (SIS), of East Longmeadow, MA provided the answers the sexton and church board members were
looking for. The company conducted a ground penetrating radar survey over a period of three days "to survey for the presence of
suspected bodies, vaults and unknown anomalies within an assortment of designated pathways for the purpose of
authentication and lot availability for future burials."
Because of the small size for some of the pathways, a traverse grid with a 2' to 3' spacing (rather than the usual 5' spacing) was used to conduct the survey to better define any existing suspected anomalies, Paul Bacon, Vice President of SIS, explains, "We were able to identify a large number of anomalies that should not have been there. There were a number of areas where anomalies were in their correct lot, while some lots had suspected anomalies in them that could not be accounted for. Areas of concentration were the pathways and access roads within the cemetery. Some of the anomalies were on the wrong side of the headstones, extending into the pathways and access roads. Church officials then determined that no heavy equipment would be allowed to pass over these areas."
Bacon states, "The end result was that the sexton and members of the board were able to determine, with adjustments, a way to take care of all of the family members upon their deaths. This was extremely beneficial to the town and to the church."