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Old graveyard found in new Glen Allen subdivision

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GLEN ALLEN, VA (WWBT) -

Archeologists found an old graveyard in Henrico's West End, halting construction on a new development in the area.

Nearly 2 dozen graves were found on land where some half-million dollar homes are being built in Glen Allen's Stable Hill subdivision off Nuckols and Holman Ridge Roads.

According to circuit court documents, the graveyard has been abandoned for over 50 years. The graves have no markers and the area was overgrown with vegetation.

But when archeologists examined the land, they found approximately 23 graves - 8 likely belonging to adults and 15 likely belonging to children.

One new stable hill homeowner says he's curious about his very old neighbors.

"I just want to know, who are those folks, Virginia has a very rich heritage, and they could be very important people," said Jim Aquino.

The land belongs to a family that inherited it from past generations. We spoke with the landowner who said she was shocked when it was discovered and she never knew about this graveyard but now wants to do the right thing.

The owner is running ads in the paper asking anyone with family members possibly buried here to come forward. They have until February 21st, then, a court will decide how the owner can move forward -- either by moving the remains to another location or have it cremated.

"We are foreigners in this land, and in our culture we respect our loved ones so whatever the generations past that remains should be respected, whatever they decide to do," said Aquino.

The graves are concentrated in about a 10th of an acre. That's about 2 lots here and there are a total of 91 lots on this land.

There are county rules in place for handling this sort of thing and the homeowner clearly stated she'll be using development money to respectfully follow all the procedures mandated by the court.

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