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Wednesday, May 14, 2008:

The Dig Continues

 

Photos and comments from Susan Hoffman (Click on the thumbnail to see a larger copy of the picture.)

 

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The day begins

The open grave

The grave digger

Another scoop of soil

 

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Charlie descends

Charlie inspects the site

Inspecting the end

It takes 3 to watch

 

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End of coffin

Careful Charlie that is a big stone!

Slowly scraping away . . .

. . . to expose the wood

 

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Edge becoming exposed

Charles look

Left edge now exposed

Colleagues confer

 

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Edges exposed

Following the progress

Documenting

Water keeps coming in

 

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Giving details

A break

Careful and slow goes Charlie

Close-up of edge and end

 

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Close-up of edge

A break

Coffin form showing

Dr. Rogers' close inspection

 

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Brad begins the work

Water creeping in again

Taking a look

Caswell Monument above grave

 

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Shovel used to slice layers of dirt

Hard working team

An unusual shape seen

Do you see the square?

 

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Charlie looks on

Bucket brigaide

Careful Charlie

Inspecting the soil

 

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Closer inspection

Documenting

Where does it end?

Ed Williams and Keats in background

 

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Recovery container

Surveying the coffin

The team chats

Removing wood piece

 

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Wood now exposed

Close up of wood

Exposure of coffin

Marking something found

 

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Removing possible object

Coffin exposed

Details of coffin

Coffin bottom

 

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Southern Yellow Pine coffin bottom

Charlie and Brad remove a piece of wood

Charlie looks under wood

Nothing is found

 

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Documenting the wood

Can this hold a clue?

Brad Rogers & Keats Sparrow*

* The piece of wood shown in the last photo is reburied, some bags of soil, the clump with a possible artifact and a small round object are the only things taken away from the site with the permission of those family members present.

 

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