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Ground scan at historic cemetery may reveal undiscovered gravesites

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Archeologists at a historic Brunswick County site may have made some important discoveries. This afternoon, a radar ground scan revealed undiscovered gravesites may be lying just a few feet below the ground at Brunswick Town. The plan was to build a walking path through a current historic cemetery to help the disabled and elderly tour the site more easily, but now that plan may have to change. Because it is an historic site, and the path would go across an existing graveyard at Brunswick Town, an archeologist performed a radar ground scan to see if there were graves below the surface. This is basically how it works. A machine is pulled across the site, and it detects anything under the ground that has different electrical properties than soil. Remote sensing specialist Shawn Patch said, "In this case we're looking for unmarked burials that might be in the cemetery area. There's a good possibility that they could be here, so before there is any kind of construction activity, we want to use this equipment to see if we can identify possible burials." The data will go through more detailed tests to determine if what the ground scan machine picked up are in fact gravesites. If they are, as suspected, actual gravesites, the six foot wide path will have to be reconfigured to not disturb the graves, and if that's not possible, plans for the path may have to be scrapped.

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