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David Dominic (Committee Member), Ernest Hauser (Committee Chair), Doyle Watts (Committee Member)

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Master of Science (MS)


The Henry Kinsey family was among the first to settle in the Dayton, Ohio, region in the early 19th century. Henry, and his wife Eva, were buried near what is known as the deer keeper’s lodge, a small building where the deer keeper lived, on the modern-day Dayton Veterans Affairs hospital grounds. In the time since they have been buried, the location of their gravesites has been lost. The main purpose of this thesis is to locate and map their graves using multiple geophysical methods. A secondary purpose is to compare the effectiveness of each geophysical method. Three geophysical methods were used in this work: magnetics, electromagnetics, and ground penetrating radar. The magnetics survey was conducted using two Geometrics 857 proton precession magnetometers in a gradiometer configuration. The results of the magnetic survey show that there is a large magnetic anomaly running through the center of the survey area, likely an old utilities pipe. The data also show a significant anomaly coinciding with a surface artifact site, which is most likely the structure that stood next to the Kinsey family graves. The electromagnetics survey was conducted using a GSSI EMP-400 Profiler which utilized three frequencies simultaneously: 5kHz, 9kHz, and 15kHz. The electromagnetic data revealed a large anomaly through the center of the survey area, similar to the magnetics survey results. The data also showed a slight anomaly under the artifact site, although without the strength and clarity of the magnetics survey. The ground penetrating radar survey used a GSSI SIR-3000 system with a 400 MHz bistatic antenna. This survey yielded the best results, showing the extent of the artifact site in the subsurface. A small 3D survey was conducted over a unique anomaly that is a potential grave location. The GPR data would have shown even more, however, there are numerous trees within the survey area and their roots severely inferred with the GPR data. Based upon the data collected over the course of this report, no precise location for the Kinsey family graves can be stated, although the artifact site can be said to be the location of the deer keeper’s lodge. This allows for future, more focused surveys to be conducted over this site to definitively locate the Kinsey family graves.

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Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

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