Who Lies Where? Documenting and Mapping Historic Cemeteries
April 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Thursday, April 15 @ 7 pm via Zoom
Speakers: Jim Lee and Alexis Alemy of Hunter Research
Have you ever had trouble navigating a cemetery to a loved one’s graveside? Were you ever curious about who was buried where in a cemetery jam-packed with old gravestones? 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. In addition, this same methodology has been applied to documenting graves in the well-maintained Pennington African Cemetery.
Learn about preferred techniques for surveying, recording, and photographing grave markers on the ground. Also explore 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.
About Our Speakers:
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.