Geophysics in the cemetery


Twenty-first century technology helped the Billesdon & Rolleston Joint Burial Committee understand how their cemetery was laid out.. 

Geo-physics, as used on Channel 4's Time Team, was used as a non-intrusive way of creating a basic plan of the Victorian cemetery.

The land was acquired in 1870 and divided into two areas separated by a path.  Members of the Church of England were buried to the west and non-conformists to the east.  On this side, there is an area with no memorials and no record of burials.

The Nottingham-based Technics Group used ground-penetrating radar to survey this area. They took readings from different depths and found that most of the area has not been previously disturbed.