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DRESDEN, ONT. Archeologists plan to begin a high-tech search Thursday for lost graves at the Uncle Tom’s Cabin historic site in southwestern Ontario.

The site in Dresden is home to two historic cemeteries belonging to the British American Institute and the Henson family.

Although many tombstones are visible at the two cemeteries, their positions do not always precisely mark the location of the underlying graves.

Archeologists from the University of Western Ontario and the Ontario Heritage Trust will use ground-penetrating radar in their search of the site.

Josiah Henson was one of the founders of a settlement for fugitive slaves at Dresden in the 1830s and his name became synonymous with the character Uncle Tom in Harriet Beecher Stowe’s 1852 novel “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.”  Read more.