Jessi Duma and I went down to the site at 10:00 a.m. armed with pitchfork and shovels, hand-trowel and hand-fork to further investigate spots 1ft deep indicated on the GPR report. I had gone down Monday afternoon 2:00 p.m. and Tuesday 8:00 a.m. to investigate and do a little shallow digging. I realized it would take brute strength and a big shovel and pitch fork to move the matted, rooty soil accumulation.
As suggested by the red diamonds on the GPR report, we dug several holes near several of the red, numbered flags to a depth of about a foot.
Flag 41 or 45: Discovered the buried Robert Spurling 1844 headstone: Large marble headstone with grey granite base (about 40 inches total), lying horizontally, face up, buried under 8 inches of soil, roots, and matted grasses. (Small segment of grey granite was visible on surface after Ben Sumner weed-whacked the cemetery in June, before GPR, but was generally thought to be outside the cemetery area.) (9 photos)
Flag 36: Two pieces of illegible headstone: One piece visible on surface was identified as 1D in earlier photos. Marked 10 on GPR map. A second piece of probably the same headstone was uncovered 7/13/16. Portions of uncovered headstone may be legible, but I used up my water bottle on Robert Spurling’s stone. (3 photos)
Flag44: Field stone
Flag 30: Medium-size, flat stone and round rock uncovered. Flat stone standing vertical next to a round rock (behind and left (on the ocean side) of Sarah L’Grow headstone. Uncertain if this flat stone is part of a burial marker or not. (1 photo)
Flag 3: Field stone (1 photo)
Flag 12: Rock
Flag 15: Rock
We looked for Andrew Herrick’s cedar marker last seen 2000 in photo from Tom Vining in which it appears to be next to the Benjamin Spurling headstone. No luck so far. We uncovered a brick in the first spot we investigated.