THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - Archaeologists are teaming up with FBI agents in south Georgia to search for human remains of soldiers who fought in the civil war.
Experts say Union soldiers who were prisoners of the Confederates marched from the Andersonville prison to Thomasville.
While the Union soldiers temporarily stayed here during the Christmas of 1864, there was an outbreak of small pox that killed 500 soldiers.
Archaeologists believe their bodies were buried there.
"What we found is that the cadaver dogs had a lot of hits in this trench and so we believe that with so many people dying during the small pox outbreak that they were dying too fast to dig graves for everyone and they just started putting people in the trench and burying them in the trench in mass graves," said archaeologist Jeffrey Shanks, with the National Parks Service.
Both archaeologists and FBI agents have been working here eight hours a day since yesterday.They haven't found any human remains yet but they have found quite a few artifacts from the 1900's, like old medicine bottles and pottery.
"We can find out a lot by garbage that's left behind so even though these items are garbage we can actually tell a lot about the early 1900's about this neighborhood," said archaeologist Thadra Stanton, with the National Parks Service.
FBI agents say not only is it a great opportunity to find human remains but they've also learned a pointer or two as they worked very closely with archaeologists.
"The archaeologists do things in a very meticulous methodical way and we do too for our crime scenes so this is a good opportunity to train alongside of the archaeologists and learn how they do things and see if we can apply the same things that they do to what we would do in a crime scene," said FBI specialist Lauren Regucci.