Dig unearths pre-Civil War graves

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An archaeological dig near the College of William and Mary’s Tucker Hall revealed a pair of pre-Civil War era graves July 17.

The two graves, which date from the mid-nineteenth century, contain bone fragments likely from infants.

Although the area of the graves lies under what is now James Blair Drive between Tucker and the King and Queen Gate, revolutionary-era maps indicate that a small building once sat near the site.

The excavation is directed by the William and Mary Center for Archaeological Research. The Center has been doing preliminary investigation in preparation for construction work on the Historic Campus.