Older cemeteries in Texas have been lost due to missing or destroyed public records which often reveal burial locations. Additionally, natural elements and vandalism have been known to impact the markings of many graves. This can leave cemetery associations with the uncomfortable situation of not knowing which plots are vacant. Since a private cemetery’s main source of revenue is from the sale of plots, mapping the cemetery can provide a plan for future sales and revenue possibilities, along with ensuring the sanctity of family remains.
WOOD Inspection Services provides several services for cemeteries
- Our team can scan in 2D, deep underground and provide a flag locating unmarked graves. Additionally, we place a permanent metal marker which can withstand mowing and overgrowth. The unmarked graves can be easily located later with a Metal Detector.
- We can provide GPS Coordinates for each unmarked grave to be entered into a cemetery Mapping system such as “Simms” or it can be viewed in Google Earth.
- We also offer to take photos and Coordinates for Existing graves. The Name and Other information can be entered into a spreadsheet and uploaded into a Cemetery Mapping System or Online service such as “Find a Grave” or “Billion Graves”.
- We can also create grids and process GPR scan into a 3D map of the cemetery. A typical mapping project unveils 50+ unmarked graves on average
A Cemetery Mapping Case Study
In 2007, Wood Inspection Services deployed our GPR technology prior to breaking ground for a large shopping center in Denton County, Texas. The discovery of old grave sites saved the developers from a lengthy legal battle. It also provided some positive publicity for the project and the developer’s reputation.
Developers used our GPR services to scan the ground outside a fence that bordered the cemetery and was to be part of the grounds of the new development. GPR revealed that objects below the fence were of the proper size and form of graves. The results were unsettling, and some believed inconclusive as to finding real unmarked graves. Still, the findings made developers and the community create a different action plan for the development and for the cemetery. The cemetery is cared for by the Argyle Cemetery Association. Records indicate that the first person buried there was an infant who died in the 1860′s. Most of Argyle’s citizens that settled here after the Civil War and were also buried in the cemetery. Besides being cared for by local citizens, the cemetery has a place in the Texas Historical Commission which acknowledges the volunteers from the Association for having maintained its sanctity and history for nearly 40 years. Imagine the problems that would have arisen if an infant’s grave had been discovered while digging began in the first phases of a shopping center’s development. All of this was avoided because of our GPR technology and expert services.
A Complete Line of GPR Services
Many people are sensitive to the issue of building on or near cemeteries due to religious or spiritual beliefs. Keep your firm from having its reputation damaged by investigating fully with the help of our accurate GPR readings prior to starting any project near a cemetery. Existing cemeteries will find that our GPR services can assist them in finding older, unmarked graves and help them update their maps. Our GPR services help with more than cemetery mapping. We can utilize our state-of-the-art GPR and infrared thermal equipment expertly to perform the assessment of archaeological sites. We also conduct commercial inspections, locate below-ground utility infrastructures and much more. Contact us today for an assessment of your situation and we will get you on your way to obtaining the precise results you need.