6. The Old Fort Cemetery -- Besides the probable Indian graves that I located with my dowsing work near the mountain community described earlier, I was able to dowse some graves that dated back to the 1830s at the burial grounds of a frontier trading post and fort.

Only three of the old graves were marked.  I found that there were over 60 other unmarked graves in that old cemetery.  My research indicated that cholera and other diseases were most likely responsible for the deaths of many of the workers who built the fort.  In later years, others buried in that cemetery most likely died along the trail and at the fort because of wounds and sickness. During the homesteading years, settlers dying in the area were probably buried at one end of the old fort's burial grounds. (Note: on the map at the left, the parallel green lines represent what I believe was an Indian trail that crossed the area probably before the fort and cemetery were established.)

7. A Cemetery Once Removed -- Back in the early 1960s, a dam and large reservoir was being built in a river valley.  A small town and its cemetery had to be moved to a higher elevation to avoid the subsequent pooling waters of the reservoir.

A cemetery/grave relocation company was employed to move the graves to a new cemetery at a higher elevation.  All was apparently okay as a result of this grave relocation process until the past few years.

Wave action and fluctuating water levels from the lake had eroded the shoreline and was encroaching at the edge of the old cemetery and uncovered the end of one of the old grave sites.  I dowsed the area and determined that a child's remains still existed in the partially exposed grave and that there was an adult's remains in an adjacent grave that had not yet been exposed. These body remains had evidently been missed by the grave relocation company.

8. Variations in the East-West Burial Orientation -- In some of the small rural communities close to where I live, many of the Catholic churches maintain cemeteries next to the church structure.  A few of these cemeteries have burials oriented in a north-south direction.  In fact the bodies face towards the church structure.

In a Central U.S. metropolitan area cemetery, I have dowsed several burial sites of Catholic nuns. Their remains are situated in a northwest-southeast direction facing the distant cathedral.
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 - Experiences in Dowsing for History (cont.)