While digging to put in a new storm pipe, workers at UNC discovered the remains of what might be an old inn or home from centuries past.
After realizing that the historical remnants were not of a well, the group speculated that the site could be a large cellar or possibly an outhouse.
Now that they are further into the project, Davis and the group believe they have come across a backyard cellar they suspect was associated with a detached kitchen from a house that stood in the first half of the 1800s.
“As we get more exposed, we’re able to narrow down the likelihood of what it is,” he said.
“We have more confidence in our current interpretations.”
The first house built on the lot was constructed before 1797, Davis said.
He said the group also found a drain that might be from a hotel that stood after the Civil War before the University bought it and tore it down.
A fitting discovery for the nation's oldest public university!