Monday, June 06, 2005

"Most gravesites don't have exhaust pipes"

From the New Britain (Conn.) Herald

A grave undertaking
By ERIC REED, Staff Writer

FARMINGTON -- In a town as old as Farmington, which has seen more than 350 years pass since its incorporation, secrets of the past tend to accumulate.

Arrowheads turn up in backyard gardens, cellars hide Underground Railroad bolt-holes and, sometimes, tombstones lie undiscovered in a corner of the back yard.


"We purchased the house two or three years ago," [Todd] DeMattio said, referring to himself and his wife Suzanne. "As we were clearing (the undergrowth) out, we found this structure and the gravestones."


According to [Boy Scout Andrew Valero], his team unearthed the monuments in May, and spent Sunday afternoon cataloging and transporting them to the home of the Historical Society on Main Street. The stones rested in the ground absent any interred bodies, which has given rise to speculation regarding precisely how the approximately 27 monuments got there in the first place.

A rusted exhaust pipe found discarded among the broken tombstones has led Valero to his own conclusions.

"That indicates that this wasn’t actually a gravesite, and that these stones were just discarded here," Valero said. "Most gravesites don’t have exhaust pipes."

Internal combustion engines were also a rarity in the 18th Century, which is the date range for all of the stones found so far.


[Read the whole story]
One question remains: How do they know there are no "interred bodies" below?

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