As a former resident near the Great Dismal Swamp, I’ve been following this story with great interest. The Swamp is inhabited with snakes, mosquitos, alligators, and, at one point, people. Its inhospitable nature is exactly what provided protection to those who fled to its standing, murky waters. The swamp protected run-away slaves, fugitives, and migrants.
Current excavations are slow going and the findings few and far between. The nature of the swamp makes preservation a challenge, but it still provides us with a glimpse of its inhabitants. To follow up on the excavations, check out this article in Seattle Pi.