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08/18/05

Archeologists Unearth Revolutionary War Artifacts

They're literally digging up clues to our history. More than two and a quarter centuries ago, thousands of Revolutionary War soldiers clashed in downtown Savannah. Now archeologists are digging through the soil over the old battlefield in search of evidence of the historic fighting near the Roundhouse Railroad Museum.

"If you look at this strata from here up, all the coal and cinders are all from the railroad in the 1850s and later," said archeologist Rita Elliott. "This strata here has none of that, so we think that's probably older than the railroad. So we're real excited."

So far, research has revealed artifacts from the Revolutionary War and War of 1812, 1820s houses and 20th-century railroad buildings.

When Elliott and her team are finished, the Coastal Heritage Society will build Battlefield Park on the site.

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