Our second site of archaeological work this year was the cemetery of the Trindle Spring Lutheran Church in Mechanicsburg, PA. On Sept. 27 and 28, Cathay Snyder, instructor in history, and students in my historical archaeology class applied GPR transects to locate the now vanished original log meeting building of the church from the late 18th century.
Trindle Spring Lutheran Church is celebrating its 250th anniversary in 2014, and the Cemetery Association asked us to help answer a particular problem for the history of the community: find the location of its original church building. According to church tradition, the original meeting site of the church was a log structure in the southwest corner of the current Trindle Spring Cemetery.
Running GPR over this area at high resolution not only showed some interesting anomalies in the area of the purported log building but also revealed some presumably unmarked graves in the rest of the cemetery.
Students will be analyzing the results in the rest of the semester and advising the cemetery association of their conclusions.
Gathering GPR data at the Trindle Spring Cemetery
Shane Reed (History) running the GPR
Joeli Banks (Art History) operating GPR cart
Trindle Spring Lutheran Church community came out on Saturday morning to see the device in operation.
Tim Hampton (philosophy) operates the GPR with Trindle Spring community looking.