PHILADELPHIA (CBS)–Archaeology crews from Rutgers University were out again at the recently discovered burial site in Old City Friday, despite the snow and poor weather conditions.
They were there to recover human bones and wooden coffins, possibly dating back to the early 1700s.READ MORE: Officials Concerned Iconic Steeple At St. Leo's Could Collapse After 2-Alarm Fire Tears Through Tacony Church
In many cases the coffins are in such bad shape that crews are recovering only skeletons. We can’t show you on television but many of the skeletons are in near perfect condition. One had a full head of hair. Moran calls the preservation remarkable.
“Some of the work is just not possible. It’s just too muddy,” said Kimberlee Moran, a forensic archaeologist with Rutgers University. “Normally I’m dealing with murder investigations and people that have only been dead at most a couple of years to get work with bones a couple of centuries old is really exciting.”READ MORE: Franklin Institute Hosting One-Day COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic For People With Disabilities
Moran gave Eyewitness News an exclusive tour of her lab in Camden where she’ll join other experts to learn more about the remains.
Stay with Eyewitness News for more on this developing story.MORE NEWS: Susan G. Komen More Than Pink Walk Tradition Continues In Philadelphia