Cemeteries Research

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Cemeteries Research

Cemeteries Research

Timmins Martelle Heritage Consultants Inc. provides a complete range of services related to the discovery of human remains and cemetery investigations.  TMHC has extensive experience working under the Funeral, Burials and Cremations Services Act (FBSCA), which requires that a professional licensed archaeologist conduct burial excavations.

We conduct investigations of known and unmarked cemeteries for the purposes of documentation including historic research and grave stone inventories, registration, relocation and cemetery closure.  Ground penetrating radar studies (GPR) are a specialized service offered by TMHC, often useful in determining the location of cemetery boundaries and unmarked grave sites. 

We provide assistance at all levels of the process including negotiation of site disposition agreements between landowner and representatives of the deceased.

Human remains investigations involve discoveries of human skeletal material outside of a formal or known burial setting. Once determined to not be of forensic concern, they are also covered under the FBSCA. TMHC has experienced staff that has worked with human remains discoveries in the province, consulted with police services, coroners and First Nation’s groups and can conduct investigations and provide human remains analysis in a variety of situations.