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Dig reveals more aspects of past at Hampton Plantation

Hampton Plantation house (Source: southcarolinaparks.com) Hampton Plantation house (Source: southcarolinaparks.com)

By BRUCE SMITH
Associated Press

MCCLELLANVILLE, S.C. (AP) - An archaeological dig at a South Carolina historic site is into its third year revealing more aspects of the past.

The dig at the Hampton Plantation State Historic Site near McClellanville began in 2010 with the help of federal stimulus money. It's continued each spring and fall with the help of volunteers.

On Friday, another weeklong dig is winding up.

South Carolina State Parks Service archaeologist David Jones says the work of volunteers has been worth tens of thousands of dollars to the state.

The plantation was once visited by George Washington and, before the Civil War, had 340 slaves.

Researchers have dug hundreds of square feet finding foundation remains from two slave houses, a coin dating to the late 1700s and other artifacts.

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