Cemetery Investigations

PAL has extensive experience conducting historical documentation, delineation, and relocation of cemeteries in compliance with provisions of state burial laws and municipal ordinances.

Our projects have been completed at small family burial plots dating to the eighteenth century, cemeteries containing several hundred graves, and unmarked institutional burial grounds.

Cemetery projects require a combination of methods including:

  • archival, primary records, and genealogical research
  • field survey
  • hand and machine-assisted subsurface testing
  • the excavation of human remains for reburial elsewhere.

Our familiarity with local, state, and federal records, and genealogical data sources serves as a starting point for documentation. We also utilize systematic ground-penetrating radar and/or hand and machine-assisted trenching to identify and verify physical cemetery boundaries and individual grave shafts.

Our experience extends to the documentation and archaeological excavation of human remains and associated grave goods from cemeteries threatened by nature or development and their re-interment in protected cemeteries.

Green River Cemetery, Greenfield, MA  2007-2009Veterans Administration Medical Center (VAMC), Leavenworth  KS  1993Omni Elderly Housing, Warwick, RI  2001