A group of high school students in Green, OH applied modern technology to assist in preserving a historical cemetery on the April 8 & 9 weekend, thanks in part to a University of Akron Professor.
The Klinefelter Cemetery in Green, OH is one of the first cemeteries in the area and is the final resting place for some of the first settlers to the area. Timothy Matney, a professor at the University of Akron in the Anthropology department, wanted to help locals students better understand the history of their community. He worked with 38 high school volunteers from Green High School to survey the site.
As part of the survey, the students learned about anthropology and archaeology practices and applied them while conducting their survey. The students used the latest in survey technology, including a drone to fly over the property, to identify burial pits and metal artifacts, such as coffin nails, to get a better layout of the area.
Green Historical Society members and city workers spent the day prior to the survey clearing debris and brush in preparation for the work. The City of Green Communications Director Valerie Wolford says the city is looking to install a fence on the property to better preserve the cemetery for future generations.