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Native American burial ground found in Mississippi

A Native American burial ground dating back to the 1300s has been found in Mississippi, delaying a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers construction project.

Chris Koeppel, a Corps environmental section team leader and archaeologist, said he and his team, which includes the archaeology firm Panamerican Consultants, found preserved remains, stone tools and pottery that date back to the 1300s.

“We knew this was a sensitive site, but we didn’t know how sensitive it was,” he said. “What we found was a complex site.

“If there was a village here, then they would have buried their dead around here,” Koeppel said. “The Corps does not want to disturb the burial ground.”

He said the Corps has met with local leaders of the Choctaw and Chickasaw Indian tribes to work out when construction may begin.

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