Although nothing is official, the owner's attorney has hinted that she might be willing to sell. La Senora Research Institute could line up donors to buy the property, said Tish Nettleship, the institute's founder.
The 3-D data gleaned from the recent surveys should help spark interest. So far, they reveal at least four possible areas of unmarked remains that should be tested, said Dean Goodman, a Woodland Hills geophysicist who is helping with the mapping.
"We also see something that looks like the original adobe foundation," Goodman said one recent morning at the site. Goodman has previously surveyed ancient buried wall foundations in Vescovio, Italy; a buried garden pond at the villa of Roman emperor Trajan; Genghis Khan's palace in eastern Mongolia; imperial family tombs in Osaka, Japan; and the Presidio in San Francisco.
Much remains to be done before the site can be restored. But supporters envision grave markers, pathways and lovely landscaping.
The cemetery, one of the city's oldest burial grounds, is the only portion of the original Mexican land grant that remains in the Marquez family's hands.