Dig In Memphis Uncovers "Friendly Neighborhood"

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    Near the blues clubs in the Beale Street district near downtown Memphis, archaeologists have turned up remains of bordellos that once dotted the neighborhood. Archaeologists dug through a half-block square site in the historic district while preparing for construction of a new hotel. There, about six feet down, they uncovered the remains of up to three "female boarding houses," as bordellos were called in Memphis in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Among the recovered artifacts were numerous wine and liquor bottles, and pieces of porcelain dolls apparently once owned by the children of prostitutes.

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