Wood analysis of four coffin samples, Charleston County, South Carolina
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SubjectWood--Chemistry; Coffins--South Carolina--Charleston County; Wood--Deterioration; Charleston County (S.C.)--Antiquities; Charleston County (S.C.)--History
This paper reports on the examination of four coffin wood samples provided by Dr. Ted Rathbun, Department of Anthropology, University of South Carolina. Three samples were submitted from 38CH778 - each representing a distinct coffin. These samples date from the mid-nineteenth century and one sample is dated to 1863 by a name plate found in the burial. These samples are from a black cemetery, used by slaves and/or free blacks. The cemetery, prior to removal during the summer of 1984, was situated in Mount Pleasant, South Caro1ina~ just north of U.S. 17/701 By-Pass.
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