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Diggers search for soldiers' final resting place

2 years 11 months 2 weeks ago Saturday, November 01 2014 Nov 1, 2014 November 01, 2014 9:31 AM November 01, 2014 in News
Source: Associated Press

HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. - An archaeologist who spent two weeks digging in a Kentucky cemetery says he may have found the site of unmarked graves for more than 300 Confederate soldiers.

But the search to find the final resting place for the troops from Kentucky, Mississippi, Texas and Louisiana will have to wait until next year because time ran out on this year's dig.

Archaeologist William Meacham recently dug trenches at Riverside Cemetery in Hopkinsville in hopes of finding evidence of the burials. But the Hopkinsville native, who now lives in Hong Kong, says his trip came out of pocket, so he was limited to two weeks.

After digging about a dozen trenches, Meacham found something. The final trench showed outlines of burial sites based on different soil color.

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