Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

LANL AIDS SEARCH FOR GRAVES.(Final)

Experts from Los Alamos National Laboratory began studying an untended cemetery behind the old State Hospital in Las Vegas, N.M., on Wednesday.

Using portable, ground-penetrating radar, they hope to aid restoration of the 314-acre site, where erosion has uncovered some bones. Bodies of those who died at the institution were presumably buried there for three decades, beginning in 1894, but no specific records were kept until 1920.

The project was initiated by representatives of the Mental Health Association of New Mexico and institution, now known as Las Vegas Medical Center.

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John Isaacson, left, cultural resources team leader for the Los Alamos National Laboratory Ecology Group, and Bettina Kuru'es, a graduate student at nearby New Mexico Highlands University, use radar to look for unmarked graves Wednesday. …

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