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The empty burial sites after the team excavated 55 individual sets of remains. (Courtesy USF Anthropology Team)
Dozier Update
A shirt button, a child’s stone marble and a coffin plaque saying “at rest” are just some of the almost 10,000 artifacts USF researchers have removed from 55 graves at the former Dozier School for Boys in Mariana, Florida. Find out how those items that might help finally determine who is buried in the mysterious Boot Hill cemetery on University Beat on WUSF TV.

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Some of the coffin nails discovered in the graves USF researchers excavated on the grounds of the former Dozier School for Boys in Marianna, FL
Dozier Update

Researchers from USF have excavated the remains of 55 people from a graveyard at the closed Dozier School for Boys in Marianna, Florida. We’ll take a deeper look at the investigation on this week’s University Beat on WUSF 89.7, including how objects as small as coffin nails and shirt buttons may make a difference in identifying those remains. We’ll also hear from a former Dozier student and from a woman who hopes this will bring her one step closer to finding her brother, who was possibly buried at Dozier seven decades ago.

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Erin Kimmerle, Assistant Professor, USF Department of Anthropology
kimmerle@cas.usf.edu 813-974-5139

List of 42 Dozier students whose families haven’t been found yet.

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