Bones found at Gaillard site predate 1818, says mayor's office

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) - A search of property records dating back to 1818 shows that the site that is now the Gaillard Auditorium was never a recorded cemetery, the mayor's office said FRiday evening.

The records also show the property never had graves listed.

"Preliminary information suggests that these graves predate the subdivision of the property in 1818," Mayor Joe Riley's office said.

The contractor and the archaeologist will resume additional exploratory investigations of the site on Monday in a search for other graves in the area.

the bones were found below a driveway that had been in place for the last 50 years.

Eric Poplin is the senior archaeologist who is looking further into the discovery. He said there are two graves and they found skull fractions and a lower jaw and collar bone to one.

Poplin said earlier this week{}

the bones most likely date back before 1852, and are adults. {}He said the graves were oriented east and west in length which he believes suggests a cemetery of some sort.

"Our historic researcher will look to see if this was ever defined as a cemetery or any legal description making it a cemetery," he said.

The city project manager is currently looking at what legally they can do with the remains and does not know if they will be removed or stay there at this time.