An artillery shell believed to have been in the ground since the Civil War was dug up Wednesday morning at a construction site at the College of Charleston.
College spokesman Mike Robertson said the cannon shell, suspected to be a projectile from the Union Army’s bombardment of Charleston, was uncovered as part of an expansion project at the Sylvia Vlosky Yaschik Jewish Studies Center at 96 Wentworth St.
“Since this is an artillery shell from the Civil War, it is under the jurisdiction of the Department of Defense and so we had to call them. They came and disposed of the shell itself.” Robertson said.
“There really was no danger at any time. The joke on Charleston is that if you dig six feet you’re going to find something concerning history. And this seems to be one of the things that happened here at the college.” Robertson continued.
The Charleston Police Department said authorities fielded a call about the discovery around 9 a.m. Wednesday. Police and firefighters were at the scene.
Crews are building a dining facility at the center and clearing the way for a parking lot next door.