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Narration: Archaeology lecturer Dr Bill Adams, is supervising the excavation. With him is PhD student Tim Anson. It’s Tim’s job to analyse the remains that they find. All the bodies must be retrieved within a tight dig schedule. It’s already taken a week to remove the tons of soil covering the graves, but the students are finally ready to expose their first burial. For some of the students, it’s their first encounter with a human skeleton.

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Ashley: It would appear that this individual was actually larger than the coffin they were put in, may have broken feet to fit in. maybe it was all that this individual could afford.

Narration: In this promised utopia, these colonists had lost their dreams of a better life. Buried in unmarked graves they ended their days in poverty. For the Church the excavation solves a practical concern. The cemetery is nearly full. As with all churches, old grave plots must be cleared for new burials. Until now, the settlers’ graves could not be removed, because records from the 1800’s were sparse. Nobody knew how many lay in the ground or where they were located.

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canada goose coats Narration: As the pace of work picks up, bodies are coming up around the site. canada goose coats

Dr Bill Adams All these metal plates at the side are in very bad shape.

Luke: The most obvious thing isthe four breaks in the leg bones so that could be due to some accident, possibly from a fall.

Narration: It’s time for the skeletons to go on the next stage of their scientific journey a trip to the Medical School at Adelaide University.

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