GPR to be used at Spiritual Christian Molokan Cemetery
Glendale Star — July 12, 2001 — pages
The Arizona Spiritual Christian Molokan Cemetery at Maryland and 75th avenues will soon be going under radar. Ground penetrating radar, or GPR, will be used later this month to locate unmarked graves. The University of Arizona has the only GPR service in Arizona, and can do the work for less than $1,000. The cost would rise from $2,000 to $3,000 if an out-of-state firm were hired. It is estimated the process will take a day to complete.
The cemetery will be marked in a grid, with scan lines marked on the surface every two and one-half to five feet, every meter.
Andrew Conovaloff made the GPR presentation to the Spiritual Christian Molokan community Sunday, and it agreed to fund the survey, which will establish order and straighten the rows of graves. Conovaloff said the survey will lead to an index of people buried there.
"We really haven't done that here," Conovaloff said. "It's been left-up to the guy who digs a hole. He looks around and gets a general idea where it's supposed to go. He said every once in a while, over the last couple decades, he would hit a grave where he wasn't expecting one."
Conovaloff said some children who died during the
are could be buried in the cemetery in
unmarked graves along
the east edge. More than 600,000
Americans eventually died from the outbreak.
GPR has been used in Iceland to detect bodies thought
have traces of
the virus. Scientists want to find the germ in hopes
of producing a
virus for a
GPR is operated above ground level and produces
showing areas of disturbed soil and objects that are
not soil. GPR is
sometimes called a "drag box" because the
process involves a technician slowly pulling a box on
Inside the box
is a microwave antennae and receiver. A computer
data received. Depending on the soil type and moisture
content, GRP can
coffin, a person in a coffin, objects buried with the
person, or the
trench in which the coffin or body was placed.
Due to the alluvial soil, GPR may detect only down to about one meter or just over 3 feet deep. Coffins could not be detected, nor the hole of disturbed soil.
Spiritual Christian Molokan are sectarian Bible-centered Christians who evolved from Spiritual Christian Russian peasants who refused to join the Russian Orthodox Church in the 1600s. Spiritual Christians rejected the divinity of the Tsar and icons, Orthodox fasting, military killing, and other practices which they believed conflicted with the Bible.
The Russians who
colonized near Glendale were mainly Pryguny (Spiritual Christian
Jumpers) who initiated the transformation of their
faith and those of all Prygun congregations in
Southern California to Dukh-i-zhizniki.
The first use of the label "Molokan" appeared in the 1670s referring to those who ignored many of the 200 fasting days a year by drinking milk. Russian for milk is "'Moloko." Molokan means" milk-drinker."