ST. LOUIS (KMOV) – Historians and researchers discovered that human bones found underground at a construction site in south St. Louis Thursday afternoon were bodies buried in a cemetery that existed between 1827 and 1852.
The bones were discovered at the site of old Burger King at 7th and Park.
According to officials, workers were digging seven or eight feet below the ground and found human bones in boxes believed to be coffins.
The property owner got state permission to cover up the remains with cement and continue with construction. Archaeologist Terri Norris says this is not a good decision. “This is more than likely a period cemetery, but there is a chance it could be multi-layered,” Norris says. “Those could be the bones of an early settler, or they could be the thousand year old bones of a Mississippian Native American.”
Representatives with the Missouri State Historic Preservation Office said the handling of the site is out of their hands and now the developer must determine how to move forward.
On Friday, a private archaeology group worked at the site to identify gravesites before they are covered with cement next week.