GPR survey of Moravian cemetery, Hopedale, Nunatsiavut - Maria Lear

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4:15 PM, Saturday 5 Oct 2019 (30 minutes)
This talk will present findings of a ground-penetrating radar (GPR) geophysical survey completed in 2018 within a Moravian cemetery in Hopedale, Nunatsiavut. GPR is a non-destructive survey technique that uses a radar antenna to identify matrix contrasts within the subsoil. It can be used as a tool to help give indication as to what materials (natural & archaeological) lie within the subsurface.

In the case of the historic Moravian cemetery in Hopedale, GPR was utilized to possibly locate the presence of unknown graves. Graves that have been lost in time due to the absence of headstones either by reason of grave-marker movement, human activity or burials that may have been intentionally left unmarked. The presentation will give an overview of this specific survey, the fieldwork which was completed over 2-weeks in July, 2018. I will discuss methodology, data collection, results \& interpretation using site photos, field notes as well as post-processed GPR software imagery.

This geophysical survey work was requested by the Inuit of Hopedale to aid them maintain upkeep of their Moravian cemetery. The results of the survey are beneficial by way of helping to celebrate the strong history, tradition & culture of the area. In the process of performing the GPR survey, we engaged Elders, residents, and, worked with local government and local youth.

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