UMC road workers find 66 unidentified gravesBy Associated Press | Published 10 Apr 2013 03:13pm |
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Workers building a road at the University of Mississippi Medical Center have found 66 unidentified graves.
Officials with the medical center say a construction crew found the unmarked human remains over a period from November through March.
The remains, in coffins, may have been patients of the former Mississippi Insane Asylum, which operated on the site from 1855 to 1935.
A team from Mississippi State University's anthropology department is removing and documenting the skeletons, aided by the University of Mississippi's Center for Archaeological Research and the state Department of Archives and History.
The remains were found in a wooded area near Lakeland Drive where UMMC is building a new access road.
After scholars finish examining the bones, UMMC plans to rebury them in an existing cemetery at the medical complex.
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