University of Mississippi officials have updated the body count after a land survey uncovered 800 to 1,000 more graves on property slated to be developed on their medical center campus.
Up to 2,000 unmarked graves have been identified on the land, which is bisected by a roadway, officials said. The remains were discovered using ground-penetrating radar.
"We've always known there were graves on this site, many of them unmarked. It was really a matter of knowing how many and where," University of Mississippi spokesman Jack Mazurak told Mississippi News Now.
Mazurak said that some of the graves came from the old Mississippi Lunatic Asylum, which operated on the grounds between 1855 and 1935. Other graves may be associated with an African American church, and a potter's field for indigent people.
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