GPR Helping Restore History

During the past few weeks there has been news of ground penetrating radar being used to restore history on 2 different parts of our planet.

ground penetrating radar restores historyOne project takes place in Stony Point New Jersey where Dr. Alexander Gates , professor of Earth and Environmental Science, along with a group of high school students used GPR to locate fallen soldiers. They have found what might be the burial site of several soldiers who died during the Revolutionary War Battle of Stony Point.

Dr. Gates was reported saying that it looked like in one spot two soldiers were buried together and another spot where another six maybe have been buried together.  They came up with six to 10 target areas that are very good candidates for where some of the bodies may have been buried.

The other project takes place in England where the University of Leicester is using ground penetrating radar to locate the remains of King Richard III. The subject area is under what is now the city council office’s car park. King Richard III was said to be buried in the church of the Franciscan Friary, known as Greyfriars, after he was killed in the Battle of Bosworth in 1485.

GPR used to restore history
The archaeologists are now starting to excavate the areas, identified by GPR data as potential targets, hoping to find the foundations of the Greyfriars Church.  They will begin by digging two large trenches. This excavation is expected to be completed within the next 2 weeks.

Last month I reported on how our company was able to locate gravesites of fallen pioneers in Midland. With these two new projects on the way it’s exciting to see how ground penetrating radar is being used around the globe to restore little pieces of our history.

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