Un­marked graves marked at Southview Ceme­tery

The Covington News - - Local News - Gabriel Khouli gkhouli@cov­news.com

Head­stones mark the deaths of hun­dreds of loved ones in Cov­ing­ton’s Southview Ceme­tery, but hun­dreds of oth­ers lie be­neath the ground in ob­scu­rity, with not even a rock to mark their pres­ence.

But Len Strozier with Omega Map­ping Ser­vices re­cently used ground-pen­e­trat­ing radar to find un­marked graves along the East Street por­tion of the ceme­tery and tem­po­rar­ily marked them with bright orange flags. Cov­ing­ton com­mu­nity ser­vice work­ers on Fri­day re­placed the flags with small, cir­cu­lar metal discs.

Strozier found around 300 graves, Cov­ing­ton Trans­porta­tion Man­ager Billy Skin­ner said. Longheld ru­mors say this sec­tion is the burial site of slaves and pau­pers.

“It makes you feel good to that these un­knowns have been found,” Skin­ner said.

Strozier will also map por­tions of Westview Ceme­tery, lo­cated off West Street, where there could be a mass burial site, re­sult­ing from the mov­ing of graves when In­ter­state 20 and exit 90 were be­ing built.

Ground-pen­e­trat­ing ra- dar in­volves trans­mit­ting radar waves from a sur­face an­tenna, re­flect­ing them off buried dis­con­ti­nu­ities and mea­sur­ing the elapsed time be­fore the re­flec­tions are re­ceived again at the sur­face, ac­cord­ing to the So­ci­ety for Amer­i­can Ar­chae­ol­ogy.

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