Apparent graves found at Gaillard construction site

Senior archaeologist Eric Poplin cleans off the graves Wednesday where human bones were found at the Gaillard. Buy this photo

An archaeologist this morning confirmed finding what apparently are two human graves on the grounds of the Gaillard Auditorium redevelopment site in downtown Charleston.

The two sets of remains appear to be lying head to toe, possibily indicating there are more graves in the area and they are part of what was once an organized burial site.

It is too early to determine the age or the sexes of the two sets of bones found, but preliminary research indicates that as far back as 1852, the land was an established neighborhood, not a cemetery.

Work on the makeover of the auditorium is continuing elsewhere while the gravesite excavation is ongoing.

The bones were found Monday during a dig to put in water piping. The first grave area was about six feet below the surface.

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