Human bones found at excavation site in Hampton


HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — Human bones were found at an excavation site Monday morning in Hampton, police said.

Hampton Police received a call around 9 a.m. Monday that human remains had been found on North Mallory Street, near Fort Monroe, a police spokesperson said. The bones were found by a development company that is building single family homes on the property.

An anthropologist with the Richmond Medical Examiner’s Office said the bones appeared to be historical, Police said.

“It’s not very surprising because this area has been utilized long before Jamestown,” said Robert Kelly, an historian with the Casemate Museum at Fort Monroe.

The area was home to Native American tribes, farms, as well as an African American hospital over the last 400 years, according to Kelly. 

“I’m looking foward to the opportunity to learn about who these people may have been, what they may have done,” Kelly said. “I think its an opportunity to dive into some stories that have not been shared lately.”

The bones were sent to the Department of Historic Resources’ archaeology office.

The State Historical Archeologist Department will now be handling the matter as a State Historical Preservation case, according to police. Calls made to the department by 10 On Your Side on Tuesday were not returned.

NOTE: The museum where the historian worked is the Casemate Museum of Fort Monroe. On air WAVY-TV incorrectly identified it as Casemakers. We regret the error.

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