Researchers from Missouri University of Science and Technology recently helped a Phelps County cemetery locate old grave sites dating back to before the Civil War.
The project was initiated last year when the Corn Creek Cemetery Association Board began discussing ways of determining which areas were already occupied and which areas would be available for future grave sites.
“Corn Creek Cemetery has graves dating back to the 1830s, and many graves are marked by only a simple natural stone, if that,” says Dr. Neil Anderson, professor of geological sciences and engineering at Missouri S&T.
Using ground-penetrating radar technology, the researchers found six locations where there are likely grave sites with no identifying grave stones.
Evgeniy Torgashov, a graduate student in geological sciences and engineering, worked on the project. He used the technology to differentiate potential grave sites from things like buried rocks, roots, and other ground disturbances.
The cemetery association plans to mark the six locations found with natural stones out of respect for the buried remains and to help ensure that the final resting places remain undisturbed.