Kansas dig may reveal John Doy homestead

June 1, 2005 at 1:42 PM
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LAWRENCE, Kan., June 1 (UPI) -- A team of archaeologists in Lawrence, Kan., has uncovered what may be the foundation of the long-lost home of Underground Railroad operator Dr. John Doy.

Margaret Wood, Washburn University assistant professor of sociology and anthropology, who is leading a team of professionals, students and volunteers, said Tuesday an analysis of artifacts found in the Kansas suburbs would indicate by December whether the excavation site is the 150-year-old homestead of the famed abolitionist and confidant of John Brown, the Topeka Capital-Journal reported.

Among the items unearthed from the dig so far: pieces of a white plate with blue trim from the mid-1860s, square-headed nails, painted porcelain buttons, strait pins, safety pins and a primer cap.

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