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Thanks to the History Channel’s broadcast of the “Hatfields and McCoys” mini-series last year, there is a lot of renewed interest in the feuding families of Kentucky.

And now, according to the Associated Press, thanks to the location shooting (cameras, not guns!) on a new National Geographic Channel show, some new historical Hillbilly items have been found!

(AP) – Artifacts recently unearthed during the filming of a new National Geographic Channel show appear to pinpoint the location of a turning point in the yearslong feud between the Hatfield and McCoy clans.

On New Year’s Day of 1888 in eastern Kentucky, the Hatfield clan set Randolph McCoy’s cabin ablaze and gunned down two members of the rival family.

Excavators have found bullets believed to have been fired by the McCoys in self-defense, along with fragments of windows and ceramic from a cabin.

Kim McBride, co-director of the Kentucky Archaeological Survey, also says the deed to the land was traced back to Randolph McCoy.

The property is owned by Bob Scott, a Hatfield descendant who suspected for years the land was the site of the attack.

And by the way, if you didn’t see the History Channel’s Hatfield/McCoy production, get out and buy it. It’s a great story and pretty much sticks to the historical facts, at least as there known and understood.

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