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TxDOT's request comes a month after an archaeologist confirmed the burial site, which included three leg bones and a jaw with teeth. The remains were located about two feet below the surface in sediment that also holds artifacts more than 2,000 years old.
The Comanche and Karankawa tribes once lived on the Katy Prairie, but the human remains are believed to be from the Late Archaic Period, a little-understood era when humans used darts for hunting and began to settle in territories and use stone tools. The bones apparently were bundled for burial in an area that archaeologists believe was a seasonal campsite for small groups.
The Sierra Club, which has filed a lawsuit to block construction of the road over flooding concerns in west Harris County, said the discovery underscores the need for more study.
"Without this more complete analysis we will not understand the significance of the remains and any other artifacts for our area and the Katy Prairie," said Brandt Mannchen, of the Sierra Club's Lone Star chapter.
The Texas Historical Commission, meanwhile, has no concerns with TxDOT's plans to remove the bones and rebury them at an "appropriate" but unspecified location.
"They are following the letter of the law," said Pat Mercado-Allinger, chief archaeologist for the state historical commission. "I'm confident of that."
Originally posted by AnarchysAngel
reply to post by Hanslune
I'm thinking they're lieing about the age of the remains so they can say what you just said, and brush them aside. They really don't know that much about the original time period mentioned though. The artifacts, would confirm my theory. 3,000-5,000 year old remains wouldn't be found with dart tips in that area.