Archaeologists Work at Tupelo Hospital Construction Site

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Tribal historian Richard Green describes how, in 1996, a Mississippi State field team had contracted with a north Mississippi medical center that was expanding and, because of unintended intrusion, was necessitating excavation. As remnants of an early 1700s Chickasaw village site emerged, archaeologists uncovered about 24 sets of human remains and artifacts. In keeping with tribal beliefs, the items were reburied at an undisclosed location.


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