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Archaeologists Dig For Clues About Suspected Slave Cabin In Cambridge

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CAMBRIDGE, Md.- It's a cabin in the woods, but for archaeologists there are plenty of mysteries to uncover inside the Cambridge building. 

Since September, archaeologists from the Maryland State Highway Administration have been digging to find out more about the people who lived in the cabin behind the historic Bayly House. 

The new property owner, Catherine Morrison, brought SHA's attention to the suspected slave quarters.  Over the last few months, Chief Archaeologist Dr. Julie Schablitsky has made significant advances.

"We've excavated the entire interior of the cabin as well as the outside and I can tell you definitively that we do have a family that lived here for decades," Schablitsky said.

Schablitsky says a 1800's family lived inside of it, particularly small children because of the toys she's discovered.

"In particular we're finding artifacts that speak to girls and boys playing and living here. We have doll heads, we have marbles, we even have personal artifacts like toothbrushes," Schablitsky said.

Schablitsky said there is still more testing, specifically DNA testing, that she is looking forward to conducting to find the genealogy of the family and how they lived in Cambridge.

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