UT archaeologists studying graves at slave cemetery

UT archaeologists studying graves at slave cemetery

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COOPERTOWN (AP) - Two University of Tennessee archaeologists are trying to determine the number of graves in a cemetery for slaves at a former plantation in Robertson County.

The Tennessean reports archaeologists Stephen Yerka and Daniel Brock visited the site recently with radar that can penetrate the ground to gather information.

Preliminary information from their findings will be used in an exhibit about the Wessyngton property that is set to open in February at the Tennessee State Museum in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

Yerka says there are at least 200 people buried in the cemetery.

Tennessee State Museum curator Rob DeHart says it could take a year to get a full report on the archaeologists' findings.

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