Cemetery study promises new look at old Frankfort

By CHARLES PEARL State Journal Staff Writer Published:

Through imaging technology, researchers will see what some of the mystery people looked like.

Before the skeletal remains of 262 people are reburied in Frankfort, probably sometime in late 2004, archaeologists and anthropologists will have built an extensive demographic profile of the cemetery that had been lost to history for more than 150 years.

The cemetery was discovered in early March 2002 when construction workers found human bones while removing soil at the site of the new Kentucky Transportation Cabinet complex on Mero Street.

For more than a year now, the bones have been stored and studied at the University of Kentucky's large anthropology and archaeology building on Export Street in Lexington. The study is being done by the Kentucky Heritage Council (KHC) and the Kentucky Archaeological Survey (KAS), a collaboration of the KHC and UK.

Buried in the cemetery were African-Americans, Native Americans, people of European descent and some with mixed ancestry.

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