If you wondered how technology can aid the archaeologist, especially in mortuary studies, you will be interested in the following papers found at www.sha.org/blog. Here on the Island, there is a need for ground penetrating radar to “map” a number of cemeteries that were part of Japanese Canadian communities. Many were desecrated during WWII, with headstones knocked over and pushed aside. The location of grave sites is now “lost”; the cemetery in Cumberland is certainly an example (see below).
It’s Technology Week on the SHA blog, and this week’s theme is Technology in Mortuary Analysis. Duane Quates, the organizer of the Tech Week, is the author of the first post, Understanding Cemeteries through Technical Applications: An example from Fort Drum, NY, followed by Katy Meyers’ post (Examining Space of a Resting Place: GIS of a New York Cemetery) discussing the use of GIS in Mortuary Analysis. Michael Heilen’s post (Application of Advanced Technologies in the Excavation, Analysis, Consultation, and Reburial: The Alameda-Stone Cemetery in Tucson, Arizona) is about the use of technology in the Alameda-Stone Cemetery in Tucson, Arizona. The final post is authored by Michael Sprowles, (Mortuary Analytics on US Army Garrison, Fort Drum, NY), and deals with the use of ground penetrating radar and other technology to record cemeteries.