This story is good enough for a television show. The Annapolis County Spectator reports on a “Cold Case at Fort Anne.” In 1994, a visitor to Fort Anne in Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia noticed a bone protruding from clay near the water's edge. The visitor was an M.D., so he recognized a human bone when he saw one. This bone undoubtedly was human. When researchers started an excavation, they uncovered a complete skeleton.
Lillian Stewart, of Parks Canada, was there when the bones were found. She said it was exciting and yet disconcerting to see the skull. The bones reminded her that life was hard in the early days of the fort. Now, thanks to some great detective work worthy of a television drama, researchers know more about the man, including a strong possibility they know his name.
He probably was Private James Simpson, who died on Oct. 13, 1784.
You can read more in the Annapolis County Spectator at http://goo.gl/v8Zx5.
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