Monday, August 14, 2006

Care is exercised during gravesite dig
Those personally connected to the dig taking place here — where it is believed the graves of a Civil War veteran and 11 other unknown people have been discovered — are lauding the efforts of landowners and archaeologists alike.

The Tollview Venture group owns the property south of Butterfield Road, where a long-forgotten cemetery containing at least 12 bodies has been unearthed. Excavation will resume next week in an attempt to either locate more graves or deem the digging process complete.

When word of the gravesites first was made public, concerns surfaced about whether landowners would handle any investigation properly. An initial fear was that the land might be commercially developed without regard for the possibility of what — or who — lay beneath the surface.