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Who Lies Where? Documenting and Mapping Historic Cemeteries

Apr 15, 2021 @ 7:00 pm

Have you ever had trouble navigating a cemetery to the graveside of a loved one? Or were just curious about who was buried where in a cemetery jam-packed with old gravestones? At a lecture co-sponsored by Pennington Public Library, Hopewell Valley Historical Society, and the Hopewell Museum on Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 7pm via Zoom, Jim Lee and Alexis Alemy of Hunter Research will demonstrate cutting edge methods currently being used to document and map historic burial grounds drawing on studies of a series of abandoned Methodist cemeteries across New Jersey. This same methodology has been applied to documenting graves in the well maintained Pennington African Cemetery. Jim and Alexis will present the preferred techniques for surveying, recording and photographing grave markers on the ground and explain the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (aka UAVs or drones) and geographic information system (GIS) technology to organize and process cemetery data into an interactive mapping format that can guide you to the grave of your choosing at your desktop or on your mobile phone.

Registration required at:  https://www.penningtonlibrary.org/wholieswhere/


Jim Lee, Vice President and Principal Archaeologist at Hunter Research, a Trenton-based historic preservation and cultural resource management consulting firm, specializes in the excavation and recording of cemeteries, canals, house sites and many other types of historic properties. He resides at an inclined plane tender’s house on the Morris Canal near Phillipsburg.

Alexis Alemy, Archaeologist at Hunter Research, is a recent graduate of the Master’s program in archaeology at Monmouth University. Expert in the study of human remains, she spent much of 2018-19 retrieving and analyzing several hundred skeletons from the Halsey Street Methodist Episcopal cemetery in Newark and has more recently been excavating burials at the Randolph Friends Meeting House cemetery in Morris County.



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