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The Eagle and the Poor House

R. P. STEPHEN DAVIS, PATRICIA M. SAMFORD and ELIZABETH A. JONES

in Beneath the Ivory Tower

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780813034225
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039602 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813034225.003.0008
The Eagle and the Poor House

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The University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill is the oldest public-supported institution of higher learning in the United States. Since 1991, archaeologists at the Research Laboratories of Archaeology have conducted numerous archaeological investigations on its campus. These investigations have included archaeological surveys, site testing, monitoring of ongoing construction projects, and full-scale excavations. This chapter describes the results of excavations undertaken during the 1990s at two archaeological sites on the UNC campus. The Graham Memorial site, where a tavern and hotel stood from the mid-1790s until 1921, offers a perspective on one of Chapel Hill's first businesses that catered to university visitors and also provided room and board for students. The nearby Pettigrew site was the location of two successive buildings that also served student housing needs: the Poor House and later the Phi Delta Theta fraternity house.

Keywords: University of North Carolina; archaeological surveys; excavations; archaeological sites; Graham Memorial; tavern; hotel; Pettigrew; Poor House; Phi Delta Theta

Chapter.  6945 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History and Theory of Archaeology

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