37 Unmarked Graves Found in Historic Charleston

12:05 PM, Feb 23, 2013   |    comments
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CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Construction crews working on a new performing arts center in Charleston have found a bit of unknown city history.

The workers have uncovered 37 graves in a small graveyard that doesn't appear on any city maps.

Archaeologist Eric Poplin said it appears the graveyard dates to the early 1700s. The first house in the area was built in 1761.

The graves were found this month in the historic district where the $142-million Gaillard Center is being built. City officials say the center will be a world-class performing arts facility used for the Spoleto Festival and other performances.

It hasn't been determined whether the remains from the graves will be reinterred on site or buried in another Charleston graveyard.










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