Skip to comments.Excavation of home of UNC founder William R. Davie -- no evidence that it was burned by Union troops
Posted on 06/17/2006 5:55:13 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
Artifacts suggest that the South Carolina site that archaeology students and faculty from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have been excavating was indeed the home of UNC founder William R. Davie, but contradict the local lore that Union troops burned the house in 1865... [T]he researchers and their undergraduate collaborators did not find the key evidence that would suggest a fire. "We would expect masses of charcoal and burned window glass, and we just didn't encounter that," Riggs said. "It's possible that such evidence was obliterated, but we really doubt it." ...Two years ago, student and faculty researchers homed in on this site from a list of five possible candidates, using a letter from Davie and other historical documents... The discovery coincides with the 250th anniversary of Davie's birth on June 22, 1756. An exhibit honoring the "father" of UNC is one of several university events commemorating his birth. Nearly 50 artifacts, books, images and documents relating to Davie are on display through June 30 in the North Carolina Collection at Wilson Library. The excavation, which is part of annual field studies for students, is also part of the university's observance.
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The Democrats burned it and blamed it on rich conservative lacrosse players.
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