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"The senior housing was one piece of a larger project that calls for a total of 40 units of affordable housing to be built on a 3-acre parcel owned by the town. But to get to that site, the developers also needed to buy a 6-acre parcel owned by Cheryl Weeden of North Kingstown, which turned out to have an Indian cemetery on it when it was surveyed on Sept. 11 by the Public Archaeological Lab.
Alan LeVeillee, senior archaeologist with the Pawtucket-based PAL, said yesterday he walked the proposed housing site and did a visual inspection at the request of Washington County Develop- ment Corp. His preliminary inspection, which did not involve any digging, revealed not only a cemetery but also stone structures that may have been used by the Narragansetts in years past for ceremonial purposes, LeVeillee said.
Specifically, the structure may relate to a crowning ceremony, which the Narragansetts were known to undertake when they went into a new area and allotted a piece of property to a member of the tribe, LeVeillee said. Because of what he saw, LeVeillee said he determined that the site, by law, required further study before it could be used for the affordable housing project.
“It seemed to me that several things needed to be clarified,” said LeVeillee."