Grave in central Indiana road turns out to be family plot

AMITY, Ind. (AP): An archaeologist who led the exhumation of a grave in the middle of a central Indiana road says the site contained the remains of at least seven people.

University of Indianapolis Archaeologist Christopher Schmidt told The Indianapolis Star Tuesday that his team has likely uncovered a small family plot in the middle of Johnson County Road 400 East about 25 miles south of Indianapolis.

He says the site contained the remains of two women, a man and four children. The gravesite has existed for about 185 years.

Schmidt says evidence shows at least two bodies had been disturbed by excavations. He says the bones of an adult male appeared to have been dug up, collected together and reburied.

The county highway director says the road remains closed indefinitely.

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