NORTH GRAVEYARD EXCAVATION

Ryan J Weller

APPLIED Archaeological Services, Inc.

Ohio Archaeological Council © 2002

During May and June of 2001, APPLIED Archaeological Services, Inc. was involved in the mitigation of portions of the former 11 acre North Graveyard located near downtown Columbus. The North Graveyard was to have had the bodies relocated to Greenlawn Cemetery during the 1870s. Over the course of an archaeological monitoring project for a sewer line, 43 grave locations and human remains were encountered. These graves existed just beneath the pavement of Spruce and Wall streets in the vicinity of the North Market. It was evident that some graves had been relocated, some were partially removed, while others were missed entirely. A program of excavating, mapping, background research, and analysis was devised and the subsequent report is in progress.

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