ROUND ROCK (KXAN) — Could an Indian burial ground slow up development of a new housing subdivision in Round Rock? That all depends on what follows an unexpected find there Friday.
KB Homes is the middle of developing Forest Ridge, a 225 home subdivision south of Highway 79. But crews working an earth grader there Friday morning uncovered what appeared to be human bones. Work stopped immediately and Round Rock police were called in.
“We contacted an FBI anthropologist and sent in high resolution pictures of the bones,” said Cmdr. Alain Balin. “Based on his information we believe we have the remains of a Native American.”
Anthropologists from Texas State University were then brought over to the site where they worked until darkness.
KB Homes will bring in their own specialists on Saturday. Since developers own the land, they are responsible for searching for other remains.
Under state law, even a single body constitutes a cemetery and a qualified anthropologist must determine if there are the remains of others.
One body may be re-interred fairly easily, but multiple bodies create complications.
“You get more than a couple and people start to go whoa,” said Mark Denton with The Texas Historical Commission. “We better wait and back off. We have to figure how we can preserve and protect this area rather than remove all of them.”
The area has long been popular with people who like to search for Indian arrowheads.
KB Homes says it will honor police requests not to work in that vicinity. They hope to have the first model homes up for showing by the end of summer, but that may depend on what secrets the earth still holds.