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Unexpected 19th-Century Cemetery Unearthed

Friday, February 15, 2013

CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA—More than 25 graves have been uncovered during a construction project within the city of Charleston, at site that is known to have been a meat market in the eighteenth century. No records indicate that the site was used as a cemetery, however. The graves are thought to predate 1852, with the oldest dating to the 1760s. “We’ll try to figure out just how many there are and where they are and the city will take that information and then figure out a plan of what to do with them,” said archaeologist Eric Poplin.