For starters, we must acknowledge that most every piece of land on earth has some human remains underneath. There are countless numbers of ancient tribal burial grounds that have been paved over with nary a thought, in the name of 'development'.
But in some cases, we do have stories available to us...
1. King Richard III (1452-1485)
The (in)famous skeleton was discovered using ground penetrating radar.
|EXCAVATION OF RICHARD III REMAINS|
FORMER GREYFRIARS MONASTERY SITE
The tragic story of Mary Ellis, who died in New Brunswick, New Jersey while waiting for her sea captain lover to come back to her, at least has a happier ending than many. The grave she and her family were placed in grave was kept in tact while a discount store parking lot built around her in the 1960s. The site is now a movieplex parking lot, and the new construction appears to have honored Mary's grave.
3. Funtown USA!
In Saco, Maine, a 150 year old burial ground containing at least 17 graves was left intact while they built a theme park. In 2006, however, it was discovered, by a descendant of one of the departed, that the themepark was built too close to the graveyard, a violation of State cemetery violation law. Somehow the park owners were given the right to move the cemetery to somewhere else, instead of creating a greater setback. The graves were moved to Laurel Hill Cemetery on Beach Street in Saco. I think in this case it would have been fun to turn the area into an attraction for the park, by telling stories of the deceased, and finding a way to honor their memory, while creating the appropriate State-required 25' buffer around the cemetery. But, it appears that the family of the deceased wanted it this way.
Here's a timeline of three aerial photos of the site:
NOTE THE GRASSY CEMETERY AREA JUST SOUTH OF THE BLUE WATER SLIDE
CEMETERY HAS BEEN RAZED AND GRADED
NEW BUILDING HAS BEEN PLACED ON FORMER BURIAL SITE
A Wal-Mart and other stores have been placed very close to the old Melvin-Lewis Cemetery. Unfortunately, due to vandalism, no headstones remain. A local family had one new headstone placed there to honor all of the family members.
5. University of Mississippi Medical School
One thousand bodies (and more to be discovered) were found underground of a future parking lot slated for UM Med School. The bodies were believed to be those of inmates at the Mississippi State Mental Asylum a century ago. The burials took place from between the Civil War to the Asylum's closure in 1935. For now (as of Feb. 2014) the bodies are to be left alone and the construction to be conducted elsewhere (even though other potential sites might also be burial grounds).
(MORE TO COME....)