CANNONSBURG, Ky. — The Colvin Calvin Cemetery, which holds the remains of approximately 150 people, is moving.
Many of the grave sites are unmarked and date to the early 1800s, Kentucky Transportation officials said. The move was made necessary to allow a highway construction project to proceed.
The age of the cemetery has made it difficult for officials to locate living relatives of those buried at Colvin Calvin in far eastern Kentucky near the West Virginia border.
Robyn Ramey, a right-way-agent with the state, said so far, only three family members have contacted officials about the planned relocation. Under state law, when a cemetery is relocated, remains must be placed in another perpetual care cemetery.
When the move begins, the land will first be stripped, but gravesites will be dug by hand.
Ramey said the remains in the cemetery are so old, archaeologists plan to study 30 sets of remains after they are exhumed. The remains will then be laid to rest at the new location.