The researchers from the Oklahoma Archeological Survey, Oklahoma Medical Examiner’s Workplace, College of Florida and elsewhere have indicated that they’re unaccustomed to having their typically gradual and painstaking work watched so intently by reporters and others searching for prepared solutions.
“Usually, we prefer to have a chance to soak up the entire info, to digest it and do our interpretations earlier than we flip it round,” Stackelbeck stated Tuesday.
The researchers had hoped to go a number of days with out talking on to the press, however that grew to become untenable as soon as a tarpaulin display was swiftly erected alongside the south facet of the excavation web site Tuesday morning.
Reporters had been instructed the display is meant to dam them, photographers and most of the people from acquiring photographs of by chance uncovered human stays.
This week’s exploration within the southwest nook of Oaklawn Cemetery is about 40 yards away from the place a check excavation was carried out final summer time. Subsurface scanning gear and oral historical past prompt that web site as a possible mass burial location, however two weeks of digging revealed it to be a former creek mattress and street that had been stuffed in with 10 toes of filth and particles.
All through a quick press convention Tuesday afternoon, Steckelbeck made it clear that the researchers meant to be very cautious about releasing details about their discoveries.