ROUND ROCK, Texas — Human bones discovered this week by construction crews in Central Texas are almost certainly ancient remains of Native Americans, according to authorities.
Round Rock Police Cmdr. Alain Babin said an FBI anthropologist saw images of the bones and was "quite certain that they are ancient remains," the Austin American-Statesman reported Friday
Anthropologists from Texas State University were set to go Friday to the wooded area where roads for a new 225-home subdivision are being built. The area is known to locals as a good place to look for arrowheads.
If ancient American Indian remains are found on private land, the landowner must either preserve the site or have a professional, such as a licensed funeral director, a coroner or a professional archaeologist, remove them, according to state law. Remains that have been moved must be reburied in a perpetual care cemetery unless a judge, medical examiner or other official orders otherwise.
John Zinsmeyer, vice president of planning and development for KB Home, the company building the subdivision, said KB Home is willing to "work with authorities to do the right thing, and that is to be determined." Discoveries of Native American remains can delay construction projects.