Enduring Mysteries

At East Carolina University, students have access to state-of-the art laboratories, world-class libraries, and a multitude of resources to assist in the pursuit of advanced degrees. The last place one would expect to find a student working on her master’s thesis would be at the bottom of an open grave. However, for second-year graduate student Sheri Balko, a 200-year-old cemetery in Kinston, North Carolina, is the best resource.

It is there she hoped to find the remains of Richard Caswell, a Revolutionary War hero and first governor of the state of North Carolina. Locating the burial site is part of her master’s thesis in anthropology. Her thesis also explores the reasons why the location of the grave was lost and why its relocation is important for local and familial identity.

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