Experts call Charleston “the City of Buried History” and archaeologists now say bones have turned up at a city construction site.
Two sets of human remains such as skulls and teeth have turned up at the construction site of the Gaillard Auditorium in downtown Charleston. Police investigators were called, but were unable to find any suspicious evidence on the remains, so they turned the site back over to City of Charleston Capital Projects. The city contacted an archaeologist from Brockington Cultural Resources Consulting to further process the site.
The senior archaeologist Eric Polin says the way that the remains were positioned underground suggests the site may have once been a formal graveyard. The first grave was discovered late Monday while track hoe was digging a trench for a stormwater pipe near George and Anson streets.
The remains and their significance are prompting local archaeologists to look into dusty old city record books to find more clues as to who was buried in that dirt as far back at the 1850s.
While the investigation continues city officials warn amateur historians and treasure hunters to stay away from the site after hours. There will be security on-hand.
Sheree Bernardi of Charleston affiliate WTMA contributed to this report