Monday, November 24, 2008

Searching for Hidden or Forgotten Burials - with 21st century tools

University of British Columbia Reports (Vancouver, B.C., Canada) has an interesting article this month about the use of a new ground penetrating radar device last summer in an archaeological field school pilot project to detect 'lost' burials in local First Nations cemeteries. This device can 'see' 5 metres down, allows for non-destructive surveys, and is ideal for use in urban spaces. Already new temporary burial markers have been erected at the Kwantlen First Nation cemetery in Maple Ridge, British Columbia.

"Finding the Lost: Ground Penetrating Radar Helps First Nations Honour Ancestors", by Basil Waugh, UBC Reports, 6 November, 2008:

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

We Will Remember Them, 11 November, 2008

Commonwealth War Graves Commission area, Mountain View Cemetery, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. October 2008

We will remember them.

The Canadian Virtual War Memorial, with links to individual war graves:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission website:

Mountain View Cemetery, Renovation of Commonwealth War Grave areas, 2004:

Saturday, November 8, 2008

This Month's Quote - Free Death Notices, 1910 - Abbotsford Post

Abbotsford Post, 3 June 1910, British Columbia, Canada, p. 2

We do not charge for publishing births, because we like to see parents happy; we don't charge for publishing weddings...; we publish the notices of death free of charge because when we die we want our friends far and near to know that such a fair fellow has departed this life, and we don't expect we shall ever leave enough to have such notice paid for - unless we make it in the newspaper business.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

More about A Night For All Souls, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

A few days ago, Douglas Todd, the 'spirituality and ethics' writer for the Vancouver Sun newspaper wrote a good article about the Night For All Souls event this year at Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. I thought some of my readers would be interested to read this at his blog: