Officials said that the process of excavating the coffins should be completed by the end of the day Saturday.
“We’ll try to find out anything that these bones can tell us about who these people were in life,” Kimberlee Moran, an associate teaching professor and director of forensics center at Rutgers University, told KYW.
“This is a rare opportunity to learn as much as we can about the earliest residents of Philadelphia. Ultimately, we want to reinter them at Mount Moriah Cemetery with the rest of the remains from this time period,” she said. “If there are any living descendants, we are going to try to identify them.”
After research is complete, the remains will be reinterred at Mount Moriah Cemetery. PMC Property Group Executive Vice President Jonathan Stavin, whose company is constructing the apartment building, told KYW that the company will take care of those costs.