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Program examines history and discovery of graves at Gaillard site

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The recent discovery of 37 graves at the Gaillard Center construction site inspired historical and archeological experts in Charleston County Public Library's program.

Wednesday, Dr. Nic Butler, manager of CCPL's Charleston Archives and Public Historian, will provide an overview of the site's history, and Brockington and Associates Senior Archeologist Dr. Eric Poplin will discuss the ongoing efforts to excavate and analyze the long-forgotten remains.

The program is called The Rediscovery of a Forgotten Resting Place.

 While clearing a trench at the Gaillard Center construction site in February, workers exposed a graveyard with the graves of 37 adults, teenagers and children believed to have lived between 1690 and 1750. The City of Charleston authorized the removal and re-interment of graves to an appropriate location that has yet to be determined.

According to historians, examination of the graves indicates  the site was an active burial site for several years. Experts don't believe it was created for a sudden purpose, such as a mass illness.

Crews said the remains were buried on their backs, facing east which is the accepted Christian position. Coins meant to cover eyes per burial tradition, buttons and pieces of broken ceramics were also found in the graves. The minimal coffin materials found indicate that the individuals came from the lower rungs of society, according to experts.

During their presentation, Butler and Poplin will discuss updated excavation findings, analysis expectations and plans for future study.

Graves At the Gaillard Center:

The Rediscovery of a Forgotten Resting Place

Wed., May 1, 2013 at 6 p.m.

Location:

Charleston County Main Library Auditorium

68 Calhoun Street

 

 

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