Gone But Not Forgotten: Identifying Unmarked Graves in Bethel Cemetery

(INDIANAPOLIS) – Gone But Not Forgotten: Identifying Unmarked Graves in Bethel Cemetery Preserving Historic Places Virtual Educational Session is Thursday, February 25 at 6:30 p.m. ET

When Bethel Cemetery in western Marion County needed to be relocated for an airport expansion, archaeologists faced a huge challenge. Early surveys indicated stones bearing 196 names, but ground-penetrating radar and archaeology revealed 540 graves.

Bethel Cemetery
Photo courtesy of the University of Indianapolis

Uncover the methodology that Dr. Brooke Drew of Indiana State University used to name unmarked burials and respectfully relocate them. Among the tools used included bone studies revealing age and gender, archival records, and artifacts found within the graves. Pieces that combined to tell a fascinating history of a community.

Register at https://preservinghistoricplaces.regfox.com/bethel-cemetery

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