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Archaeologists discover buried chicken at historic home

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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Historic Columbia's Jakob Crockett knows as an archaeologist, he'll never know for sure what he'll uncover.

At the Mann-Simons House, it was definitely something a little different.

"One of the most surprising finds was a chicken," said Crockett. "This was a fully-articulated chicken that was intentionally buried."

Crockett didn't expect to find a pet chicken beneath what was a turn-of-the-century fast food stop.

"Primarily serving chicken, evidence of some porks, locally produced beers and soda pops," said Crockett.

Crockett has found thousands of surprises at the house formerly owned by freed slave Celia Mann. Her family lived at the home until 1970 running a grocery store and a lunch counter.

Joseph Johnson helped uncover what was a trash pile full of bottles, buttons, and a .22 caliber pistol cocked and loaded. Other items are more thought-provoking, like a bottle of skin-lightener called "White Life."

"That really made this site cool because I kind of connect to it in a much more personal level because this is kind of me representing and researching my own history," said Johnson.

This week will wrap up 6 years of digging, cataloging, and measuring at a site where the biggest surprise could be its location.

"It's not in a far off exotic land, it's not something that's only accessible on the Discovery channel, it's right here," said Crockett.

The artifacts will now be studied by the group's top men.

If you want to check out the house and some of the artifacts, you can go by the house it's at the corner of Richland and Marion streets. It's open Tuesday through Saturday.

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