There has been a lot of history on the Ole’ Miss campus grounds, and now, some new one is coming to light. An unmarked mass grave was discovered during preparatory work for the construction of a new medical school.
An Archaeology Project, Some 7000 Bodies
The asylum operated in its initial position until 1935, and at is peak housed over six thousand patients. At the time, this option was considered more humane than the jails or attics in which the mentally ill were kept beforehand.
Meticulous records still exist, and archaeologists believe that around 7000 bodies might be buried under the UMMC grounds. It could well be a treasure trove of information regarding the pre-Modern era mental health care system. They are especially intrigued by data regarding how the mentally ill were treated, at the time, in facilities.
“We have inherited these patients,” said Ralph Didlake from the campus Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities. “We want to show them care and respectful management.”