- Associated Press - Friday, June 2, 2017

ELDRIDGE, Iowa (AP) - An archaeologist says his analysis using ground-penetrating radar shows 40 to 50 graves in an eastern Iowa park.

City officials in Eldridge hired University of Iowa professor Glenn Storey to trace the park property that was the site of a Presbyterian Church until a tornado destroyed the building in 1918, WQAD-TV (https://bit.ly/2rj5BGu ) reported.

“I have two, at least two, really very clear rows of graves, not far from where the church was,” Storey said.

Storey said he believes that many of the unmarked graves shown through the radar contain metal coffins because the technology causes them to stand out.

“I think they’re fairly shallow. … It’s not six feet under. They’re much shallower, and I think that’s kind of typical of a lot of cemeteries in Iowa,” Storey said.

Storey said his work is rewarding because it brings the community’s history to light.

“Remembering human individuals is one of the most important things that we can do to honor our ancestors and to say we care about the past,” Storey said.

Eldridge leaders said they have learned the names of several people believed to be buried in the park after doing more research.

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