Students from Phillips Academy Andover will be participating in an archaeological dig at the Rebecca Nurse Homestead in Danvers, Mass., this summer. They're bound to turn up arrowheads and artifacts from Colonial times, but some are undoubtedly hoping for a bigger discovery.
It's even possible — though highly unlikely — that students could unearth the remains of Rebecca Nurse, hanged in 1692 during the height of the Salem witch trials. After she was executed, her son recovered the body and buried it somewhere on the 300-acre property.(In the interest of full disclosure, I must admit that Rebecca Nurse is a great-aunt of mine—the sister of my equally witchy ancestor Mary Easty. The evil spirits called forth by these wicked women played no part in the writing of this post.)
Today, the portion of the homestead that's been preserved is just 27 acres.
"She could be buried in someone's house on Adams Street for all we know," [homestead volunteer Glenn] Mairo said. [Link]