Archaeologist discover a total of 27 burial sites at Oaklawn Cemetery, analysis soon to begin

TULSA, Okla. — After rain caused a short delay, archaeologist have wrapped up day six at Oaklawn Cemetery for the 1921 Mass Graves investigation.

On Tuesday, state archaeologist Kary Stackelbeck, announced that after clearing away water from recent rain, they were able to begin the excavation of individual burial sites at the cemetery.

Cardno, an environmental firm is also now assisting with the 1921 Mass Graves investigation.

1921 Mass Graves Excavation Press Conference 6-8-21

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The group of archaeologist are using the various small tools to carefully remove the dirt off the remains to document everything. Stackelbeck says this will turn into a slower process to make sure documentation is efficient and detailed.

Lead forensic anthropologist Phoebe Stubblefield, says once the final lab equipment arrives, skeletal analysis on four remains will begin as early as tomorrow.

A few pictures from last week as the Physical Investigation team starts the process of uncovering the burial site in the Original 18 area of Oaklawn Cemetery.

Posted by 1921Graves on Monday, June 7, 2021

Kavin Ross, 1921 Mass Graves Public Oversight Committee chairman says they are beginning the process of “dignity” for the remains found at Oaklawn Cemetery. Even though answers will take weeks to come, Ross say they will continue research to determine if these remains are from the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre or the 1918 flu pandemic.

Archaeologist say the total number of remains found is now 27 at Oaklawn Cemetery. Twelve burial sites were originally discovered this past October.