Excavation of sub likely to be shelved    Wednesday, May 23, 2001

Of The Post and Courier staff

     The excavation of the Confederate submarine Hunley may end next week before all the artifacts in the vessel can be recovered.
     Project manager Bob Neyland said Tuesday that archaeologists likely will have to come back to three silted areas in the sub in the summer or fall.
     They include the front and rear sections of the crew compartment where some of the propeller, steering and diving mechanics are, and under a wooden bench where the crew sat.
     Archaeologists think there might be storage boxes buried beneath the bench with some of the crew's personal items. If so, the boxes will be X-rayed.
     The excavation is scheduled to wind down next week. Some team members have other commitments.
     Neyland said there is still a chance sub commander Lt. George Dixon's lucky gold coin could be found in the next few days if he did indeed bring it on board with him. Work is proceeding to remove Dixon's remains from the heavily concreted front section of the sub.
     The work also has slowed down greatly because of the tight conditions. "We've reached a point where only one person at a time can work in Grid One," Neyland said.


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