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Media turns to Rebecca Graff when mystery safe uncovered
Construction workers discovered a 3,000-pound safe beneath the parking lot of a synagogue in Chicago, and the College’s own Rebecca Graff, assistant professor of anthropology, provided her insight on the mystery.
“It’s a type of safe that was designed to make it even harder to break into,” she said.
Graff’s expertise in nineteenth- and twentieth-century archaeology in the Chicagoland area is being utilized to unravel what lies within this cannonball safe.
All we know is that a man sold the piece of land in the 1920s for millions of dollars and a hotel was supposed to be built on the property, but never was. Graff will continue to be part of the process of analyzing the safe and its contents in the coming weeks.
The following articles cite Graff on the topic:
- New York Post: Mysterious safe unearthed from synagogue parking lot
- Chicago Tribune: Mysterious cannonball safe unearthed in parking lot of Lakeview synagogue
- Vosizneias.com: Early 1900s safe excavated from Chicago Synagogue parking lot
- NBC Chicago: Mystery safe found under Chicago Synagogue stumps locksmiths
- Sputniknews.com: Mysterious, Massive Safe Unearthed in Parking Lot of US Synagogue