The Town of Southampton announced Tuesday night it has agreed to purchase the property on Hawthorne Road where remains were found on what is believed to be an ancient burial ground for the Shinnecock Nation. The owners of the property, KB Southampton LLC, have agreed to sell the property to the town for $450,000.
A public hearing on the purchase, which the town hopes to complete through its Community Preservation Fund, will be held October 9 at 1 p.m. at Southampton Town Hall.
“I want to thank the owners of the property and the contractor for doing the right thing and stopping work upon discovery,” Supervisor Jay Schneiderman said at the town board meeting on Tuesday.
The remains were found during excavation of the construction site on August 13 and the property owners immediately stopped work. The remains are being examined by the Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s office and could take some time before it is determined whether they are from the Shinnecock Nation. An archeological study may also be required of the property to determine whether there are other remains at that location.
The findings may also prompt formal procedures when ancient remains are found at construction sites in the future, according to town officials.