Archaeologists have known about the site for almost a decade but didn’t have the funds to dig until this year. And with the help of surface penetration radar equipment, they hit a jackpot.
"What’s important and interesting about theses sites is that this is one of the only instances that I’m aware of in the area where you have multiple dwellings in one location," said the National Park Service's project director, Joy Beasley.
Six slave dwellings, in fact, along with food remnants and housewares.
Beasley and her team will continue excavating through the end of September. But unless the project gets more funding, fieldwork will have to be put on hold once again, Beasley said.
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