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It’s 1999, and construction teams are hard at work on renovating Holden Chapel – one of the most historic buildings on the Harvard University campus. Indeed, if these walls could talk, they would no doubt have plenty to say. But as workers begin to demolish a brick structure in the building’s basement, they have no way of knowing that they are about to uncover a dark secret.

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We’ll return to exactly what was discovered at Harvard University a little later, but first let’s learn a bit more about the institution. Established in 1636, the Ivy League college is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and it is the oldest higher learning institutions in the United States. Today, it accommodates around 6,800 students at undergraduate level and 14,000 postgraduates.

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