Old records, history texts and some forensic deduction helped town officials solve a 168-year-old mystery that was literally unearthed Monday on School Street and slightly delayed a $416,000 construction project.

Subcontractors working for the Lincoln Water District replacing 87-year-old water lines behind Steaks ‘N Stuff discovered the first of three tombstones about six feet below the pavement line at about 11:30 a.m. Monday, said Jeff Day, the district’s assistant superintendent.

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