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Archaeologists are sifting through an area along Brushy Creek in Round Rock where prehistoric bones were found earlier on Friday. A construction worker made the discovery.

On Friday archaeologist replaced construction crews along Brushy Creek and Round Rock.

"We've found at least two individuals. Sex is unknown at this time. Some associated artifacts with the burial as well," said archaeologist Amy Reid.

Those bones and artifacts archaeologists they are prehistoric. A construction worker initially found them. Police say he was looking for arrowheads on land being prepped to become a new neighborhood.

"He told us he came across some bones a couple days ago while he was looking for Indian arrowheads. He didn't think too much of it. He thought they were animal bones. He came back to the site today discovered more bones and a lower jaw which he thought look like human remains and he made a call to us," said Round Rock Police Commander Alain Babin.

The city of Round Rock says on its website that ancestors of the Tonkawa tribe were the first occupants of the city. These bones according to Texas State University archaeologist Amy Reid pre-date that group.

"You can see a lot of lithic debitage which is the remains of stone tool making," Reid said.

Unfortunately Reid says there is evidence of looting and recent fractures to the bones from the construction. She and her team from Texas State will take back what they can to preserve it.

Another research group will be out here tomorrow. Police are guarding the site. This is private land. Private landowners are not required to conduct cultural research surveys before construction. However we are told the developer has halted construction for the time being and is interested in protecting the site.

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