Monday, July 28, 2008

Cemetery archaeology update Archaeologists Using GPS to Map Staunton Cemetery
A marriage between cutting-edge technology and history is helping restore an African American cemetery in Staunton. Rivanna Archaeological Services is using GPS gear to create detailed maps of Fairview cemetery.

The cemetery, which is located along Lambert Street, dates back to 1869 and has hundreds of unmarked graves. Archeologists are plotting the exact locations of memorials, plot boundaries and landscaping features.

I think this is going to blossom as a subdiscipline. It's probably larger already than I'm aware of, but it seems to me that as development expands outward more historic cemeteries are going to have to be accurately mapped and at least documented, if not studied in some detail.

There's video at the link but I wasn't able to open it.