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Foundations of 19th century slaughterhouse unearthed in Virginia

Archaeologists working at the construction site of a new school building have unearthed the brick foundations of a 19th century slaughterhouse in Alexandria, Virginia.

“It’s really the only site where we’re going to find anything out about a 19th-century butchery,” said Fran Bromberg, acting city archaeologist. “It’s just really something that came as a surprise.”

In the lead-up to construction, the school district hired New Jersey-based URS to do an archaeological survey of the site. In December, the organization uncovered a partial foundation, which — combined with documentary evidence — suggested a previously unknown slaughterhouse.

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Story: Derrick Perkins, Alexandria Times | Photo: Alexandria Times

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