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Posted at 1:23 PM ET, 08/11/2010

Detecting details of Md. slave village

By Washington Post editors

The National Park Service says it will use radar to detect details of a slave village that was part of a plantation near Frederick more than 200 years ago.

The land was later the site of a Civil War battle and is now preserved as the Monocacy National Battlefield.

Archaeologist Joy Beasley said Wednesday that investigators have uncovered parts of three dwelling houses since 2003. She says three to five more remain buried.

Beasley says investigators will use radar next week to look for more pieces of buildings believed to have housed 90 slaves.

The plantation was established in 1794 by a French family fleeing a slave revolt in what is now Haiti. Its slave population was 10 times that of comparable operations.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post editors  | August 11, 2010; 1:23 PM ET
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