ELDRIDGE, Iowa — An archaeologist may have found a long-lost cemetery at a city park in eastern Iowa’s Scott County.

Television station WQAD reports (http://bit.ly/2qdSDrE ) that local lore has long said a graveyard was established near a church that was built at what’s become Franklin Park in Eldridge. A tornado destroyed the church in 1918.

City leaders planning park improvements decided to check the ground before any digging.

The archaeologist’s radar scan apparently discovered what looked like a pair of graves and some metal objects that might be casket fitting, hinges and handles. City leaders are awaiting a final report before making any decisions.

Council member Bernie Peeters says “it certainly is nice to verify” the graveyard rumors and says he’s “real confident in saying that it is a cemetery.”

Information from: WQAD-TV, www.wqad.com

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