GREENVILLE, S.C. —Archaeologists have uncovered what they believe to be a Cherokee Indian burial site, dating back, based on the history of this region, sometime between 1400-1850.
The discovery was made in Macon County, North Carolina, at the site of a new recreation park.
The $2.5 million park project in Franklin has been in the works for more than a year, but plans could be changing.
“We knew the likelihood was high there would be archaeological evidence here. We did not necessarily know there was going to be human remains,” said historic preservationist Tyler Howe.
Because of the discovery, county leaders have been working with the Cherokee tribe to figure out how to move forward with this project while preserving history.
“We want to be respectful to them and their culture just as they are respectful of us,” said Macon County Commissioner Kevin Corbin.
Archaeologists are not being specific about where the burial site is located to avoid vandalism.