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Archaeologists find more than a dozen graves near Clearwater elementary school

Crews work to see if graves are under Clearwater elementary school
Posted at 2:59 PM, Feb 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-04 17:42:57-05

CLEARWATER, Fla. — Archaeologists have identified more than a dozen graves or grave shafts at the North Greenwood Cemetery. The graves were found near a Clearwater elementary school.

On Thursday, officials said archaeologists opened three large areas for excavation, and as of Thursday, a total of 15 graves or grave shafts were identified.

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Grave-related objects and artifacts were also found.

A detailed update on the findings and artifacts will be presented to the city, NAACP and the community on Friday.

Archaeologists from Cardno Inc. and the Florida Public Archaeology Network (USF) will provide an update with more information on the North Greenwood Cemetery work at noon, Feb 5.

Archaeologists have stated that this information is very valuable for understanding more about the cemetery and its place in the community.

Individuals with historic knowledge are being asked to come forward as this information is helpful to researchers.