MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — Workers make a shocking discovery while digging on the site of the Madison County Executive Airport runway expansion project, unearthing a previously unknown graveyard.
The unnamed cemetery holds the remains of four adults and 11 children, according to experts with the University of Alabama Office of Archaeological Research. The graves were found on a grassy hill near where the Meridianville Bottom Road was being moved to as workers clear way for the runway expansion.
Workers taking top soil off the hill noticed the dirt layers were disturbed indicating the area may hold burial plots. Airport officials have chosen to leave the area alone and have moved the road about 50 feet away to avoid disturbing the unnamed cemetery area.
Officials say they will put a fence around the graves and construct a pull off area from the road so people can visit the site in the future. It is believed the graves date back to the 1820-1830. Using farm land records historian believe the bodies are part of a family plot most likely members of the Strong family. Current Madison County District Four Commissioner Dale Strong has been made aware of the connection and says it is most likely connected to some of his ancestors.
Construction work at the airport is expected to be completed by May 2013.