Archaeological investigations of the former Spring Street Presbyterian Church property resulted in the discovery of four stone and brick subterranean congregational burial vaults. In active use for only about 25 years, these chambers were found to contain the remains of more than 200 individuals, including large numbers of children. Excavations revealed that remains had been impacted by both natural and manmade processes at various points in the past; however, a total of 46 discrete burials were identified during the excavations. Findings from these investigations provide much previously unavailable information regarding the structure, internal organization, and preservation of remains within 19th-century funerary vaults.
Mooney, Douglas B.
"Lost within the Rubble: The Archaeological Findings from the Spring Street Presbyterian Church Burial Vaults,"
Northeast Historical Archaeology:
39, Article 3.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.buffalostate.edu/neha/vol39/iss1/3