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37 colonial-era graves found in Charleston

Construction work in downtown Charleston, South Carolina, has uncovered 37 graves which are believed to date back to the colonial era.

“It’s very interesting,” said Poplin. “If the date of the burials is what we think they are — the early 18th century — it would be the earliest group of people that anyone’s had the opportunity to look at here in Charleston.”

One of the coins was found near a head and the other was found near where an eye socket, Poplin said. Poplin said there should be four coins total, but they have not found the other two yet.

He said it was common practice in the 18th century to bury the dead with coins.

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Story: ABC News 4 | Photo: ABC News 4

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