CHICAGO (CBS) — A team of archaeologists has been excavating the yard of a west suburban home for the past two weeks, after the residents unearthed several graves from a 19th century cemetery.
WBBM Newsradio’s Nancy Harty reports property along what’s now known as Kimberly Court in the Brook Forest subdivision of Oak Brook was once part of a cemetery that was active from 1830 to 1890.
Dr. Kevin McGowan, director of the Public Service Archaeology & Architecture Program at the Uiversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, said the cemetery wasn’t used much after the early 20th century.
The cemetery once held more than 400 bodies, according to McGowan. Most were moved to a different cemetery in the 1960s when developers took interest in the land.
“They decided that the cemetery was in such disrepair that they wanted to remove the remaining burials to another cemetery, so that they could redevelop it,” he said. “But that removal process was incomplete.”