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Monday, November 12, 2012
Construction Site Offers Fleeting Glimpse of the Civil War Past [Fredericksburg]
Brendan Hoffman for The New York Times
Archaeologists in Fredericksburg, Va., last week. On the site of a $35 million courthouse complex, they have excavated artifacts buried since an 1862 battle.
By THEO EMERY
Published: November 11, 2012
FREDERICKSBURG, Va. — The first bullet surfaced just after lunch. As Jon Tucker sifted soil through a screen in September, a corroded lead slug jiggled into view amid the sand and ash excavated from a pit just a few feet from a fenced-off sidewalk and rushing traffic.