Photos: W&M archaeologists uncovering Civil War past

Photos: W&M archaeologists uncovering Civil War past

Credit: Stephen Salpukas

This map shows former, as well as current, areas of archeological excavation on William & Mary's Historic Campus.

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by Dottie Wikan, WVEC.com

WVEC.com

Posted on August 2, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Updated Sunday, Oct 20 at 5:28 PM

WILLIAMSBURG-An archeological dig at The College of William & Mary has uncovered new artifacts that shed light on the time it was a Civil War battleground.

Members of the William & Mary Center for Archaeological Research have spent days since July 2 excavating at the Brafferton building, looking at areas occupied by Union troops from 1862-1865.

The site, about 12'x20', is revealing information about development there over the years. 

The college had suspended operations and classes before the outbreak of hostilities in the War Between The States.

Center Director Joe Jones says archaeologists have uncovered remains of ditches they believe  marked palisades put up by Union troops in 1865 to defend their position from Confederates who might attack from the west.

Previous digs revealed a structure believed to be associated with slaves who worked at the College in the early 18th century and a well constructed during the Civil War occupation of campus.  

The current dig ends August 6 and the site will be backfilled.

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