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1,000 Bodies Found On University Of Mississippi Land Thought To Be From Old 'Lunatic Asylum'

11/02/2014 15:13 GMT | Updated 12/02/2014 10:59 GMT

It's like something out of a Stephen King novel. More than 1,000 bodies thought to have been patients at an old Lunatic Asylum have been discovered in the grounds of a college campus

Horrified contractors made the gruesome discovery while surveying land for a new parking lot at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

But the grisly discovery has delayed the University's construction plans, due to the cost of relocating the bodies.

Dr James Keeton, dean of the medical school, said that moving the remains to a new burial site would cost an estimated £1.82 million, which they can't afford.

Instead of moving the bodies, the expansion will most likely be relocated to another location on the 164-acre campus. It's possible there could be more unmarked graves belonging to tuberculosis patients, former slaves, or possibly even Civil War dead, according to the Clarion-Ledger.

Experts think that future additions to the medical centre and other buildings on campus will have to be reconsidered.

Opened 1855, the Mississippi State Lunatic Asylum operated on the UMMC site until 1935, when it moved to its present location at Whitfield, according to USA Today.