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Unmarked graves discovered near new homes off Granny White Pike

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Shannon Pollard Shannon Pollard

Archaeologists have a mystery on their hands in Nashville. They're trying to figure out who is buried in a number of unmarked graves off Granny White Pike.

A half-dozen coffins were discovered last week by excavators building a subdivision road.

Experts say it appears to be an abandoned family cemetery. And while the developers will have to get a court order to remove the remains, they're hoping to find a suitable resting place.

"Our dozier was on site cutting in the next section of road. And that's when they unearthed a grave site," said developer Shannon Pollard.

They followed the proper procedures, including bringing in archaeologists.

"It's estimated just by looking at the type of casket, this is from turn of the last century to perhaps 1910s or 1920," Pollard said.

The developer hired archaeologist Larry McKee who said his crew will use property records and death and census records to try to find out who was living in the area at the time.

Pollard's family has owned the land since the 1950s. It belonged to his grandfather, the late Eddie Arnold.

"No headstones, no markings of any kind. Talking to other members of my family, there was never any indication during the time they lived here," Pollard said.

Pollard says he will probably ask to relocate the remains to another section of the property, otherwise they'd be under the road.

The archaeologist says his team may not be able to identify each and every person, but they hope to at least establish a family name - a way to honor what appears to be a forgotten family cemetery.

Construction work on the Voce development hasn't completely stopped. Crews can build houses in phase one without having to disturb the graves.

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