On Wednesday 13 September 2017, Cemetery Sexton Shane Quintal and Mandy Gardner whilst in the old part of the cemetery discovered a small hole located on the western end of Mrs. Susanna Pery’s (nee Scheaffe) altar tomb (1841) upon closer inspection it was found to have an extraordinary amount of stone beneath the ground. The first thoughts were that it was a headstone from years past that was now underground.
A controlled archaeological excavation has since been conducted by Shane Quintal and the KAVHA Heritage Manager Brian Prince who discovered a set of stairs as well as rendered walls. The plaster is believed to be from the Second Settlement Colonial Era (1825 – 1855).
There are ongoing inquiries and investigations into this archaeological find. This exciting historical discovery could have a significant influence on the present historical reflections and perceptions regarding the cemetery in the Kingston and Arthur’s Vale Historic Area.
More archaeological work is planned over the few months.
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