Scientists are scheduled Sept. 21 to start searching for pioneer graves — without poking underground — near Crows Landing on a former Navy airfield designated for a proposed 4,800-acre business and industrial park.
…If Earth Tech finds the estimated 25 graves, some as old as 130 years, West Park would not disturb them and may develop a "historical interpretive component" to the project, Kamilos said.
We’ve got one of those at the Cheetham Hill Tesco. The car park was built on a graveyard, and there’s now a plaque at the far end of the car park saying that it was built on a graveyard. Anyway, question: :
Do you expect to find the graves?
A: You never know. With the former military activity, there might have been a lot of trench-and-fill activity not associated with the cemetery. There are no guarantees on this. We do our best. :
How long will it take?
A: I hope to be there three or four days. It's not instantaneous recognition in the field, though. We take it all back to the office, combine data sets, process them and make a determination. You have to be trained because it's very difficult to interpret. It's not straightforward.
It’s an interesting comment on humanity that it pays people not just to uncover mass graves but to determine whether they might exist under random commercial developments.